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 pest issues and provide an update on herbicides. We also discuss the current Canadian fire and related smoke issues. There is another article in the cover crop series. NEW to this issue is vegetable pricing. We are tracking Clearspring Auction pricing. Included are lots of information about educational opportunities at the Throckmorton/Meigs Purdue Agricultural Center (July 20), the Purdue Student Farm (July 27), Pinney Purdue Agricultural Center (August 10 and August 24). We have saved a place just for you. Register now to reserve your spot. Registration links are available in this issue and on the EVENTS tab of the Vegetable Crops Hotline Newsletter webpage. Registration for the Pinney Ag Center field days will be provided at a later date.

Are you interested to learn more about Soil Health?

Purdue Extension is part of a North Central Region Soil Health Nexus team dedicated to increasing access to research-based soil health knowledge. Their website is packed with information. There is a white paper on the connection between Soil Health and Water Quality, and it includes a Soil Health Nexus Matrix Decision Tool and a Soil Health Toolbox. The latest post on their blog (April 19, 2023) shares a recording of a presentation about the ‘Top 10 Impacts of Cover Crops for Soil Health. If you want to know more about soil health at Purdue, contact Walt Sell ( and Bryan Overstreet (

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 that all previous articles published in the VCH newsletter are available on the VCH website

We would like to hear from you

ANR Educators and Growers, reach out to us if you are experiencing a vegetable production-related issue you think other growers need to know of. Remember, we have a great Horticulture Team that can assist you. A complete list is available HERE.

Send us pictures of success stories, activities, or issues in your county or on your farm. Please include a description and provide the name of the person that needs to get credit for the picture. These pictures could be used in future Vegetable Crops Hotline Newsletter articles. Submit your stories HERE.

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

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