Commercial Chestnut Growers’ ConferenceWritten by Theresa Rose on January 27, 2017
A program on growing chestnuts commercially in the Midwest will be held at the Letts Community Room in Letts, Iowa on February 11 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Topics to be covered will include markets, cultural practices, cost-share opportunities and economics. The outstanding profit potential of chestnuts will be stressed.
Chestnuts are a valuable nut crop that can be grown in a low-input, chemical free agroforestry system that includes permanent ground cover. At 12 – 15 years they can produce 3,000 or more pounds per acre. In Iowa, chestnuts wholesale for an average of $2.60/pound.
Preregistration is required by February 6th. The registration of $20 includes lunch, snacks and a primer on growing Chestnuts in Iowa. Registration is available on line at www.extension.iastate.edu/Louisa. For more information or other registration options call Kathy Dice at 319/729-5905. ###