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.

This issue is packed with invaluable information. Our featured article focuses on Food Safety Considerations for Vegetable Farms. This issue also includes our insect and weed spotlight articles. We also examine Marketing and Social Media for Vegetable Farms,  the impact of the past week’s heat on fruiting vegetables, and the use of silage tarps in weed management on vegetable farms. As usual, we are including a weather update and current vegetables on offer at the Clearspring Produce Auction. We also welcome the newly appointed plant pathologist, Cesar Escalante-Guardado. The newsletter also includes updates regarding upcoming field days and workshops. The July 18 Purdue Fruit and Vegetable Field Day and the July 25 Small Farm Education Field Day schedules are now available! New details about the upcoming September 4 Irrigation Workshop for Small-Scale Vegetable Producers are now available. Reserve your spot now!

Timeless Articles

Spray Less, Pay Less, and Get Better Control of Your Arthropod Pests. Issue 692.

Considerations for Mid-Season Weed Control in Cucurbits. Issue 677.

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

This annually revised guide is a summary of currently suggested fertility, cultural, and pest management techniques and tools for commercial vegetable growers. It is a collaboration of land-grant universities from eight states. It provides information on vegetable production that is valid for the current year in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio. The audience for the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide is commercial growers.

The searchable online guide is available at There is no charge for accessing the guide, and any updates will be available immediately. Therefore, access the online guide to get the most up-to-date version of the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide You can also download a free copy of the guide from your computer or purchase a hard copy for $12 from Stephen Meyers,

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We hope you enjoy the newsletter. Happy reading!

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