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 feature some of the educational events offered during the spring and summer of 2024 and launch our Spotlight articles. This week, the Weed Spotlight is cast on Henbit, and the Insect Spotlight is cast on Cornseed Maggot. This issue also includes important updates from the Indiana State Chemist Office, a look at a new soil fertility amendment calculator developed by the SWCD, strawberry freeze protection, solar eclipse information, and Clearspring Produce Auction price update.

Subscription Information

We are continuously working to increase our subscriber base. Please promote the Vegetable Crops Hotline newsletter. ANR Educators, print our registration form for those growers who do not have access to digital media. Educators can download the hard copy subscription form at

VCH promotional material can be downloaded HERE.

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Hard Copy Subscribers

A hard copy of the first 2024 issue was sent to all who subscribed to VCH via US mail in 2023 and all new subscribers for 2024. To continue receiving future copies through US mail, 2023 subscribers must renew their Hotline subscriptions using the form that was attached to issue 731. Fill out the form and return it to Barb Joyner at Southwest Purdue Ag Center, 4369 N. Purdue Road, Vincennes, IN 47591, or call (812) 886-0198.

Digital Subscribers

Digital subscribers receive the newsletter through email. The VCH publication schedule is available at New digital subscribers can subscribe online at

Timeless Articles

IHC 2022 Educational Session Recordings Now Available!

Ethylene Damage on Tomato

Fungicide Applications During Rainy Weather

The Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab – Ready to Serve You

Defining Your Dreams

Overwintering Pests

Cladosporium of Spinach

Website Links

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

Midwest Vegetable Production Guide

The Midwest Vegetable Production guide is now available for growers to visit online at You can also download a free copy of the guide from your computer at You may also purchase a hard copy for $12 from Stephen Meyers. Contact him at for further information.

2024 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide

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We hope you enjoy the newsletter. Happy reading!

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