Project ID

M2009-05

Abstract

ISU Extension and Outreach specialists worked with several stakeholder groups to educate southeast Iowa farmers about the aronia berry, a crop new to Iowa with potential for market growth.

Key Question

Could a potential new and valuable crop, “aronia,” be successfully produced and marketed by a set of newly trained growers?

Findings

The final answer is not in, but looks very promising. Since the conclusion of this project two of the four original growers have added additional plantings of aronia. The first real harvest would have been in fall of 2012, but April 2012 freeze greatly reduced yield. Claude Nicholson marketed aronia products (frozen berries and juice) originally obtained in Omaha (Superberry) at his farm in 2010 and also had berries he sold in 2011.

Principal Investigator(s)

Patrick O'Malley

Year of Grant Completion

2012

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