From the Editor’s Desk – Vegetable Crops Hotline

From the Editor’s Desk

Welcome to the Vegetable Crops Hotline (VCH), Purdue Extension’s exclusive newsletter for people in the business of growing vegetables.

In this issue, we highlight the first sighting of downy mildew on cucumber in Northern Indiana, strawberry plug production, interviews with strawberry growers, provide an update on vegetable pricing at the Clearspring Produce Auction, and cover events such as the Midwest Mechanical Weed Control field day and a Mite Insect Survey.

I am sure everyone is busy harvesting crops. I have been harvesting sweet peppers from my research at Pinney (Wanatah), Meigs/Throckmorton (Lafayette), and Southwest (Vincennes) Purdue Ag Centers. The results are mixed with high disease pressure at Pinney and Southwest Purdue Ag Centers.

Figure 1. Marcato, a tapered pepper variety, at Meigs.

Figure 1. Marcato, a tapered pepper variety, at Meigs (Photo by Petrus Langenhoven).


Figure 2. Flavorburst, a tapered pepper variety, at Southwest Purdue Ag Center.

Figure 2. Flavorburst, a tapered pepper variety, at Southwest Purdue Ag Center (Photo by Petrus Langenhoven).


Figure 3. Bacterial leaf spot affecting Marcato at Pinney.

Figure 3. Bacterial leaf spot affecting Marcato at Pinney (Photo by Petrus Langenhoven).

If you have questions about plant disease, consult Dan Egel at or the Purdue Plant and Pest and Diagnostic Lab (PPDL).

Website links

Frequently we include links to websites or publications that are available online. If you can’t access these resources or can’t see the web address, don’t hesitate to contact your local Extension office or us to request a hard copy of the information.

Remember, we have a great Horticulture Team that can assist you. A complete list is available HERE.

All previous articles published in the VCH newsletter are available on the VCH website You can use the search function to quickly get access to the relevant information.


With Issue 728, we will launch a survey to get your feedback. The survey will help us improve our services to you. More information will follow soon.

Do not hesitate to contact me, Petrus Langenhoven, at if you have any questions or suggestions to improve the newsletter.

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