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​The 2016 version of the Production Guide (ID-56) is on track to be completed by the first week in January 2016. The ID-56 is an annually updated Guide with recommendations on varieties, production practices, pesticides and more. To get your copy of the ID-56, either visit mwveguide.org or get a hard copy through the Purdue Education Store. Contact the education store at (888) EXT-INFO.  In addition, the ID-56 will be sold at many locations where winter meetings are taking place, such as the Indiana Horticultural Congress. Hard copies are $10 and the on-line version is free. Members of the Indiana Vegetable Growers Association receive a hard copy of the ID-56 as part of their membership benefits. The 2016 version will again feature wire binding.  Some of the many changes to the ID-56 for 2016 are listed below. New and Revised Sections• We updated the look of our website, mwveguide.org, to[Read More…]


​There is still time to submit a proposal to this grant program. The 2016 Farmer Rancher Grant Program of NCR SARE offers grants for farmer-initiated projects of up to $7,500 for individuals, $15,000 for partners, and $22,500 for groups. Grant applications are due in the NCR SARE office on Thursday, December 3, 2015. To learn more about the grants and download a grant application, visit http://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Apply-for-a-Grant. To receive a hard copy of the application, call NCR-SARE at 612-626-3113. Not sure how to get started? Purdue Extension’s October 7 webinar about how to write a grant was recorded and is available at https://mediaspace.itap.purdue.edu/media/Roy+W+Ballard’s+Personal+Room-20151007+1401-1_42105557/0_3nhrcqvc.  If you have additional questions about this grant program, please contact Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension Educator for Hancock County and Indiana SARE State Coordinator at 317-462-1113 or by e-mail at rballard@purdue.edu.


This is the final issue of the Vegetable Crops Hotline for 2015. Now is the time for subscribers who receive a paper copy in the mail to renew. A renewal form is included with this issue. Email subscribers will remain on the subscription list as long as the email address works. IVGA members will have their Veg Crops Hotline subscription renewed when they renew IVGA membership (form available here) and do not have to send in a separate renewal form for the newsletter. Your feedback about the newsletter: what was useful, what wasn’t, whether the online version was easy to use, etc., is helpful to us. Don’t hesitate to send me a note (emaynard@purdue.edu or 600 Vale Park Rd. Valparaiso, IN 46383), or visit http://tinyurl.com/vch-feedback to submit comments online. Thank you!


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​Amanda Deering started her Extension/Research appointment July 1, 2015 in a new role as a Clinical Assistant Professor in fresh produce food safety. Amanda grew up on a farm in a small farming community located in the “thumb” of Michigan and joined the Food Science department in the fall of 2013 as a Research Assistant Professor. Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in plant biology from Central Michigan University. She completed her Ph.D. at Purdue University in food microbiology and food safety specializing in fresh produce food safety. Her research focuses on examining internalization of human pathogenic bacteria in plants, as well as routes of contamination that can contribute to plants harboring pathogenic bacteria. Amanda works closely with industry to develop and test novel sanitization treatments that can be used for fresh produce. She also has been involved in research and Extension activities related to preventing foodborne illness associated[Read More…]


​Do you have an idea that might help your farm stay in business for the long run? Be a better place to work or contribute more to the community? Conserve or improve natural resources like soil and water? Reduce use of fossil fuels? The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (NCR SARE) of the USDA wants to fund ideas like these and others to make agriculture more sustainable – economically, socially, and environmentally. The 2016 Farmer Rancher Grant Program of NCR SARE offers grants for farmer-initiated projects of up to $7,500 for individuals, $15,000 for partners, and $22,500 for groups. Grant applications are due in the NCR SARE office on Thursday, December 3, 2015. To learn more about the grants and download a grant application, visit http://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Apply-for-a-Grant. To receive a hard copy of the application NCR-SARE, at 612-626-3113. NCR SARE also offers Partnership Grants to fund on-farm[Read More…]


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Dr. Wenjing Guan comes to Purdue from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she was a Horticultural Specialist working on season extension for vegetable production. She was involved in research projects to establish planting calendars for organically produced warm season (tomato, cucumber and pepper) and cool season (lettuce, spinach and pak choi) vegetables in high tunnels, and participated in strawberry variety evaluation under organically managed high tunnel systems. Wenjing received her Ph.D. at the University of Florida, with the dissertation project focusing on specialty melon production and vegetable grafting. She conducted specialty melon variety evaluations under conventional and organic production systems in Florida, and investigated yield, disease resistance and fruit quality of melons grafted onto hybrid squash and African horned cucumber rootstocks. Her research showed grafting is a promising practice to control soil-borne diseases and could potentially increase yield. Taking the position as a horticulturist at the Southwest[Read More…]


​During the past two weeks, I am aware of two beehives that were almost decimated when insecticides were used nearby.  In both cases, the commercial applicators had used the DriftWatch program before spraying to look for sensitive crops or bees near the targeted crop.  However, neither hive was recorded in DriftWatch.  DriftWatch is a web-based program to help growers of sensitive crops and bees to map their location.  Pesticide applicators can bring up maps of the area to be sprayed, warning them of potential issues. DriftWatch is free of charge.  Sign up at https://in.driftwatch.org/map.  Growers and beekeepers provide information such as name, address, phone number, and the location of the field or hive.  You do not need to have an email address to sign up for DriftWatch.  Simply call Beth Carter at the Office of the Indiana State Chemist, (765) 494-1585, to get an account set up.  If you do not have a computer at home,[Read More…]


​In March 2015 the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture appointed Dr. Petrus Langenhoven as Horticulture and Hydroponics Crop Specialist. During the past 18 years Dr. Petrus Langenhoven has dedicated his career to the development of the horticulture sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. His career started off at the Agricultural Research Council in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He completed his M.S in Agronomy at Stellenbosch University while working at the Agricultural Research Council. He completed his PhD in Agronomy specializing in vegetable production in high tunnels at Stellenbosch University, South Africa in 2004. He advanced his career at a non-governmental organization, Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products (ASNAPP). As operations director and senior agronomist he led ASNAPP’s greenhouse crop production and specialty fresh market vegetable and herb crop research and technology transfer programs. He specialized in the analysis and development of horticulture supply chains. He has extensive experience in applied on-farm[Read More…]


​As you all know, many of our vegetable crops are dependent upon pollinators to move pollen from flower to flower. The cucurbits, muskmelons, cucumbers, watermelons, pumpkins, and squash, are completely dependent on insect pollination. Eggplant, okra, lima beans, and peppers will set fruit without pollinators but can have increased yield if pollinators are present. Honey bees are likely the most important pollinators for most of these crops, but other pollinators such as a number of species of native bees and other insects can also provide useful pollination services. In recent years, there has been a lot of attention given to larger than normal die off of honey bee colonies, commonly referred to as colony collapse disorder. There has been a great deal of discussion in the scientific community and in the public about the cause or causes of these colony deaths. Some of the suspected causes include new disease organisms,[Read More…]


2015 Hop yards in Indiana. Established yards are represented with gold stars and planned hop yards in green.

Background. Rapid growth in the craft beer industry is stimulating Indiana’s economy and creating an opportunity for Indiana farmers to start growing hops. In 2012, the Indiana craft brewing industry contributed over 600 million dollars to the state’s economy. The industry continues to grow, increasing from 63 breweries in 20131 to nearly 100 in 2015, and housing over 6,000+ full-time employees2. Hop production has increased over 10% since 2013, with the hops industry in Indiana being no exception3. Hop production currently occurs predominantly in the Pacific Northwest, with Washington state leading production at (74%) of the total acreage, followed by Oregon (14%), Idaho (10%), and the rest of the country (2%). However, many hop yards have now taken root in Indiana, with many additional yards currently under construction (Figure 1). Hops (Humulus lupulus). Hops are a perennial crop essential for beer production – imparting bitterness and aroma. The plants produce[Read More…]


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