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While the hard copy of the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers 2015 (ID-56) has been available since early January, the on-line version is updated as needed. Below I outline the latest changes. Page 40, Table 16. Several insecticide products were added to the “Insecticide Labeling for Greenhouse Use” table. Page 100, Cucurbit chapter. Luna Privilege® was removed from the lists of suggested products for Alternaria leaf blight control and gummy stem blight/black rot control. While Luna Privilege® is labeled for these uses, it is not available yet. Page 100, Cucurbit chapter. The rates for Presidio® for downy mildew and Phytophthora blight control were modified by the manufacturer. Page 109, Product/Disease Rating for All Cucurbits. Several products were deleted, added, or modified in the Product/Disease Ratings for All Cucurbits table. These include Luna Experience®, Actigard®, Revus® and Presidio®. Page 125, Fruiting Vegetable Chapter. Ridomil Gold SL® was added to[Read More…]


​Two USDA grant programs may be of interest to vegetable growers or grower organizations. The Rural Energy for America Program helps growers and small rural business improve energy efficiency, or purchase or install renewable energy systems. The program includes guaranteed loan financing and grant funding. For more information see the USDA website at www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency or contact Indiana’s rural energy coordinator Jerry Hay at 812-346-3411 Ext.126. The Specialty Crop Block Grant provides funding to promote specialty crop competitiveness in Indiana. Grants are made to non-profit organizations, producer organizations, government agencies, universities and other organizations related to Indiana’s specialty crops industry. Past funding from this program has supported projects by grower groups, Purdue, and others in the areas of marketing, food safety education (e.g. GAPs A to Z programs), production education (e.g. Indiana Horticultural Congress), research on production practices, and more. Proposals are due to the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA)[Read More…]


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​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.


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.


With Halloween comes the final issue of the Vegetable Crops Hotline for 2014. The first issue of 2015 is included with a 2014 subscription, but 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.   I’m interested in hearing suggestions about how to make the newsletter more useful to you. Part of that is delivering it in a format that you like. You can subscribe to receive a paper copy of this newsletter by U.S. mail, sign up to receive an email announcement when the pdf issue is posted online, or just visit vegcropshotline.org and download an issue when you need it. Indiana Vegetable Growers Association members receive a paper copy as a benefit of membership.Are there other ways you[Read More…]


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