Purdue Extension Updates Guides for Fruit and Vegetable Growers


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Several updated resources from Purdue Extension will help fruit and vegetable growers keep up to date with the latest crop management strategies and research.

The 2021 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers (ID-56) is available online for free download. This annual guide is a summary of currently suggested vegetable varieties, seeding rates, fertilizer rates, weed control, insect control, and disease control measures for commercial growers. The online version available at mwveguide.org is searchable by crop, pest and control measures and is accessible on any platform, from smartphone to office. The 2021 version of the ID-56 will not be offered for sale in print by Purdue Extension. Spiral copies of the guide can be controlled.

To complete the guide, producers can subscribe to the Help line for vegetable crops. The hotline is updated every two weeks during the growing season with the latest information on crop management. Producers can sign up for free to receive email notifications or subscriptions for a print copy for $ 15 per year. Email notifications will include hot topic notifications between issues.

the Midwest vegetable trial reports are also available for free download. These reports provide yield and quality data based on the results of field trials under different growing conditions. Reports based on projects in 2020 include the results of variety trials for asparagus, bell peppers, specialty and chili – cantaloupe, pickled cucumber, summer squash and seedless watermelon. Crop practice trials include no-till sweet corn and pumpkin after winter rye, nitrogen levels for peppers and tomatoes, and the use of low tunnels and grafting for watermelon production. The reports include work at land granting universities in the Midwest, including Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin and Purdue, as well as an independent researcher in Pennsylvania. Reports from previous years are available and new reports will be added periodically (access reports).

New this year, presentations highlighting several of the variety testing reports are available on the Purdue Extension YouTube channel in the Midwest Vegetable Variety Trial Reports playlist. New resources for producers of high tunnels include the High tunnel cucumber production guide, cucumber transplant information sheet, and the cucumber transplant video.

Entomologists Elizabeth Long and Laura Ingwell have stepped up efforts to monitor pests of sweet corn and apples. They also added to online video resources found on the Purdue Extension Entomology Vegetables playlist on YouTube.

Producers can also access the 2021-22 edition of the Midwestern Fruit Pest Control Guide. The guide is updated every two years to provide the most comprehensive information and recommendations for controlling weeds, diseases, and pests of all major fruit crops grown in the Midwest. Printed copies of the Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide cost $ 15, and boxes of 10 are available for $ 135.

To complete the guide, producers can subscribe to the Facts for Fancy Fruit Newsletter. The newsletter is published regularly throughout the growing season and provides the latest information on crop management.

To order Purdue Extension Resources by phone, call 765-494-6794. For more information visit Purdue Extension The education store.

Writer: Abby Leeds, 765-494-7817, [email protected]

Sources: Dan Hedgehog, 812-886-0198, [email protected]

Liz Maynard, 219-548-3674, [email protected]

Wenjing Guan, 812-886-0198, [email protected]

Elizabeth Long, 765-496-1918, [email protected]

Laura Ingwell, 765-494-6167, [email protected]

Janna Beckerman, 765-494-4628, [email protected]

Stephen Meyers, 765-496-6540, [email protected]

Agricultural communications: 765-494-8415;

Maureen Manier, Head of Department, [email protected]

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