2015 Nut Evaluation & Meeting - January 24th.
The 2015 INGA Nut Evaluation will be held at the Scheman building (next to Hilton Coliseum) in Ames ,IA on Sturday, January 24th at 11:00a.m. It is being held in conjunction with the Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference. Nut samples can be checked in starting at noon on Friday, January 23rd and up until we start the processing at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday the 24th. Participation requires paid registration to the PFI conference for the day. For details and to register visit this link for practicalfarmers.org before January 15th, after that the cost will increase.
We will have a short meeting after we are done processing and scoring. Don't forget to bring your "nippers" if you have them. Bring all of your samples for the nut evaluation -Black Walnut, Carpathian Walnut, Shagbark or Shellbark Hickory, Hican, Butternut, Hazelnut, Pecan, etc. If you are unable to attend just send your samples ahead of time to Jeff jensen, 3503 40th Ave, Fenton, IA 50539 and they will be entered in the evaluation. Be sure to label each sample well, so you will be able to identify exactly which sample you sent in when the results of the evaluation are printed. Please also include a contact phone number in case Jeff has questions about a sample. It is also a good idea to put aside some samples for the Iowa State Fair in August 2015.
INGA Annual Meeting and Auction
The INGA will be hosting their annual meeting and auction on Saturday, April 4th 2015 at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. We typically have this at the Newton Arboretum and they have been a great host over the years. However, for 2015, we will be at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge located just southwest of Prairie City, IA (30 min. east of Des Moines). They have a sink, and plenty of plug-ins for our potluck but NO fridge. We will have some coolers avaiable. More details in the next newsletter.
INGA Grafting Workshop May 2nd in Centerville
Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 2nd in Centerville on the campus of Indian Hills Community College for a hands-on grafting workshop at the nut research planting. We'll be doing both field and bench grafting with seasoned insructors that will teach a range of different grafts and techniques. This will also be a great time to follow-up on the grafts made in 2013 and 2014, don't miss it!