The Iowa Specialty Crop Growers Association hosted a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday, February 21. The morning featured Sweetcorn and the afternoon featured Floriculture. Check out our event listings to see upcoming ISCGA and specialty crop opportunities!

2023 Workshop Schedule:

8:30 A.M. – Sweetcorn Workshop Registration
9:00 A.M. – Sweetcorn Workshop Begins
– Session 1: Insect Pests of Sweet Corn; Donald Lewis (Professor emeritus, Iowa State University)
– Session 2: Knee High by Mother’s Day? Early season planting methods growers use to achieve early sweet corn; Dan Fillius, (Iowa State University Extension & Outreach)
– Session 3: Title and speaker coming soon
– Session 4: Sweetcorn Grower Panel; Jordan Lyon (Buser’s Produce), Roger VanDonselaar (Prairie Produce), Gary Knight (Knights Sweet Corn)
12:15 P.M. – Sweetcorn Workshop Concludes
12:15 P.M. – Lunch (provided)
12:00 P.M. – Floriculture Workshop Registration
1:00 P.M. – Floriculture Workshop Begins
– Session 1: Creating a successful sunflower festival; Adam and Julie Hohl (Harvestville Farm)
– Session 2: Growing Zinnias for Profit; Andre Gradinariu (Farmer Dre Supply)
– Session 3: Pricing, designing, and selling fresh cut flowers; Dan Brabec (ISU Horticulture Department)
– Session 4: Floriculture Grower Panel; Meredith Nunnikhoven (Barnswallow Flowers), Naomi Friend (Friend’s Flowers), Lori Bochner (Bochner Farms)
5:00 P.M. – Floriculture Workshop Conclude