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​Good Agricultural Practices A to Z Workshops. Funded by Purdue, as part of AgSEED Crossroads funding to support Indiana’s Agriculture and Rural Development, or by USDA/ISDA Specialty Crops Block Grant to Purdue. Programs focused on cantaloupe are also relevant to other fresh fruits and vegetables; all growers are welcome to attend. Register online at tinyurl.com/RegisterGAPsAtoZ. Tuesday, March 24, 2015. 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Focus on Cantaloupe. Ag Hall, Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, 17746 County Road 34, Goshen, IN. contact: Jeff Burbrink, 574-533-0554, Ext 106, jburbrink@purdue.edu. Friday, March 27, 2015. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Parke County Fairgrounds, 1472 U.S. 41, Rockville, IN. Contact: Jim Luzar, 812-462-3371, luzar@purdue.edu. Monday, March 30, 2015. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Purdue Extension Hancock County Office, 802 North Apple Street Greenfield, IN. Contact: Roy Ballard, 317-462-1113, rballard@purdue.edu. Wednesday, April 8, 2015. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Washington County Extension Office, Washington County Government Building, Suite[Read More…]


​Good Agricultural Practices A to Z Workshops. Workshops are funded by Purdue, as part of AgSEED Crossroads funding to support Indiana’s Agriculture and Rural Development, or by a USDA/ISDA Specialty Crops Block Grant to Purdue. Programs focused on cantaloupe are also relevant to other fresh fruits and vegetables; all growers are welcome to attend. Tuesday, March 17, 2015. 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Focus on Cantaloupe. 4-H Dining Hall, Adams County Fairgrounds, Monroe, IN. contact: Brad Kohlhagen, 260-724-5322, bkohlhag@purdue.edu. Tuesday, March 24, 2015. 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Focus on Cantaloupe. Ag Hall, Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, 17746 County Road 34, Goshen, IN. contact: Jeff Burbrink, 574-533-0554, Ext 106, jburbrink@purdue.edu. Friday, March 27, 2015. Parke County Fairgrounds, 1472 U.S. 41, Rockville, IN. Contact: Jim Luzar, 812-462-3371, luzar@purdue.edu. Monday, March 30, 2015. Hancock County, location TBD. Contact: Roy Ballard, 317-462-1113, rballard@purdue.edu. North Central Indiana Vegetable Grower Meeting. March 3, 2015. 9:30[Read More…]


​Welcome to a new year of the Vegetable Crops Hotline, Purdue Extension’s newsletter for people in the business of growing vegetables. Our goal is to provide timely information that will be useful for Indiana vegetable growers. If there is something you’d like to see included, please let us know.  Frequently we include links to web sites or publications available on line. If you aren’t able to access these resources, please contact us or a local Extension office to request a hard copy of the information. We are excited to start the year with a new format for the online version of the newsletter.  Each article will appear as an individual post on the site. Articles may be posted anytime they are written, not just every two weeks when an issue is compiled. When an issue IS compiled, it will include all the articles posted since the previous issue. In addition,[Read More…]


The goal of the Vegetable Crops Hotline is to provide vegetable growers with timely information that helps you to improve your vegetable production and marketing. This url tinyurl.com/lqww2lw links to a very short survey that will help us to make the Hotline more useful to you. We are especially interested in any comments you have regarding how we can improve the dissemination of information. This survey should take you less than 5 minutes to complete so we would be very grateful if you would take the time to complete it. This survey is voluntary and anonymous. All information is confidential and no hidden tracking of individual responses is being used. As always, thank you for your assistance.


​Scott Monroe, former Extension ANR Educator in Daviess County, began work in a new role on January 1 as Purdue Extension’s new Food Safety Educator. Scott grew up on a watermelon farm in southwest Indiana and has spent his entire career involved in different facets of the produce industry. He will be based at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center near Vincennes; however, his appointment spans all 92 counties. In his new position, Scott will serve as the point of first connection for produce growers who have issues or questions concerning good agricultural practices and food safety. He will also be working on a statewide basis to build upon Purdue’s previous and current food safety work. This includes development of educational materials, teaching, and involvement in applied food safety research. Scott can be reached at the Southwest Purdue Ag Center at 812-886-0198.


​As we approach the 2015 growing season, produce food safety continues to be an important issue.  This year, why not make it one of your goals to create a “culture” of food safety on your farm?  Below are some things you can do to get started on that goal during the winter months:Review (or get started on) your written food safety plan. Winter is an excellent time to review your written food safety plan.  As you review the plan, ask yourself if all policies and procedures are written in such a way that they are easily understood.  Review any areas, such as hand washing, documentation, etc., that presented particular challenges for the farm, to see if expectations can be clarified or if procedures can be simplified. Make sure policies and procedures are available in the appropriate languages. As we see an ever-increasing level of diversity in our labor force, it[Read More…]


Unit heaters that aren’t properly maintained can be a source of air pollution that harms seedlings. (Photo by E. Maynard)

Transplant production will soon begin in earnest if not already underway. It is sensible to check the greenhouse heating system before starting production to make sure it works and won’t pollute the air in the greenhouse. This checklist for gas or propane-fire unit heaters highlights some of the major points. If you are not familiar with the system a service technician can help. General Maintenance. Check for physical damage; Remove any obstruction in vent and exhaust systems; Make sure components are supported properly and securely. Fans and Blowers. Lubricate as needed; Check for smooth operation; Inspect for physical damage; Adjust belts as needed; Check connections to electrical power. Heat Exchangers and Burners. Inspect exchanger closely for cracks or corrosion where air-polluting gases can escape; Clean inside tube surfaces if required; Inspect for dark discoloration on metal which may be a sign of overheating and if found, investigate cause; Clean gas[Read More…]


Flats of cabbage transplants are supported a few inches from floor of greenhouse

Many Indiana vegetable crops begin life as transplants. If lack of nutrients, lack of light, disease, or other problems slow growth during this stage it may reduce establishment success and/or growth and yield in the field or high tunnel. Good management of the following factors should lead to healthy transplants (see Figure 1). Time. Don’t seed transplants too early. Overgrown transplants are difficult to manage. If they get so root bound and shaded by other plants in the same flat that growth stops it will take them longer to resume growth in the field. They may become weakened and more susceptible to disease in the transplant tray and field. The ideal time depends on the crop and cell size, as well as the growing temperature. For ease of transplanting the finished transplant should have a well-developed root system that holds the root ball together, a sturdy stem, and be of[Read More…]


The Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers (ID-56) is updated annually.

​The Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers, or ID-56, remains a popular resource for growers in the region. If you haven’t got the 2015 edition yet, don’t delay! Members of the Indiana Vegetable Growers Association for 2015 receive a copy at no additional charge and hard copies can be purchased from The Education Store (phone: 888-398-4636) for $10 plus shipping. To download part or all of the book as a pdf, visit mwveguide.org The Midwest Vegetable Trial Report for 2014 includes trial results for sweet corn, cantaloupe, watermelon, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, and more, including several crops in high tunnels. The book is available from The Education Store under the product number 16-18-14. Individual reports or the entire book may be downloaded in pdf format from ag.purdue.edu/hla/fruitveg/Pages/mvtr2014.aspx.


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