High-Value Crop Field Day


On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. CDT to noon, co-sponsors University of Illinois Extension and Trickl-Eez Co., in collaboration with Coldbrook Farm, Inc., will host Aronia Field Day at Coldbrook Farm, located at 16952 E. 6000 North Road in Momence, Ill.

Coldbrook Farm's John Pilcher will speak about the profitability of this remarkable native fruit, which is disease-resistant. It offers an easy transition for fruit growers who irrigate. Aronia berries, with stands that last 25 years, are also attractive to growers looking for a legacy crop to pass to the next generation. Per-acre yields often reach 10,000 to 12,000 pounds. Coldbrook Farm includes among its accounts regional grocers Schnucks and Hy-Vee, and other outlets in Illinois and Indiana. It also markets to wholesale buyers.

James M. Theuri, local food systems and small farms educator at University of Illinois Extension, will be speaking about "The Suitability of Aronia for Midwestern Growers." Doug Foster, district sales manager for Trickl-Eez (St. Joseph, Mich.), will cover "Drip Irrigation for Aronia." Other sponsors and/or speakers will be announced.

Register for this free event by calling the extension office at 815-933-8337 by August 27, 2013. For additional information, contact John Pilcher at 708-227-2807 or aronia.us@att.net, or James Theuri at jtheu50@illinois.edu. You can also read about Coldbrook Farm by visiting www.coldbrookfarm.net.