Published online: Jul 14, 2012 Potato Storage, Potato Harvesting, Fertilizer, Seed Potatoes
Viewed 1064 time(s)
Web Exclusive

KIMBERLY, Idaho-A field day to report on organic research conducted by University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences researchers at the Kimberly Research and Extension Center is planned July 24 beginning at 9 a.m.

The Organic Research Field Day will feature current U-Idaho research projects focused on organic production of potato, dry bean, forages and cover crops.

The field day will conclude at 12:30 p.m. with lunch, which is included in the $15 registration fee.

Those interested in attending are asked to pre-register by July 19 by contacting Jen Miller at
jmiller@pesticide.orgor (208) 850-6504. Registration may also be completed online at

The Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station, which maintains the statewide system of research and extension centers, began organic research on 11 acres at Kimberly in 2008.

Research on the organic acreage has focused primarily on organic production methods for potato, including fertility management, variety trials and management of Colorado potato beetles. The organic acreage also is used to produce certified organic bean, wheat and barley seed.

The field tour also will review research on cover crop variety trials for high-desert farms, on-farm composting, nutrient analysis of cover crops, biological control of white mold in dry beans and biological control of potato virus Y.

The field day is co-sponsored by University of Idaho Extension and the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides.