Midwest Vegetable Production Guide

The Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers 2018 is available for sale as a hardcopy ($15) or free on-line (be sure to check the article in this issue about changes that have been made to the on-line version).  Actually, the Vegetable Guide has been available since last December. The guide may be purchased through the Education Store, at various extension meetings held around the state or from your Purdue University county educator. The website to either view or purchase the Guide, known in Indiana as the ID-56, is mwveguide.org. The Midwest Vegetable Production Guide is a collaboration of 8 states and 9 institutions.

Are you thinking that you already have a Vegetable Guide from a past year and wondering if it is worth getting a new one? The article below represents just some of the changes to this year’s Vegetable Guide. 

New and Revised Sections

  • The three new tables created last year — Selected Information About Recommended Insecticides (page 54), Herbicides (page 69), and Fungicides (page 79), were modified to be sorted by trade names instead of common name.
  • The pesticide information and safety section has an updated discussion of precautions and signal words.
  • The organic Vegetable production section has updated contacts for certifiers.
  • A new searchable, mobile friendly version of the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers is expected this year. Guide your browsers to mwveguide.org

Disease Management

  • An updated discussion of Tomato Spotted Wilt and Impatiens Necrotic Spot Viruses is included in the tomato section (see also the tomato insect section).
  • An updated discussion of blackleg of potato is included in the potato section.

Weed Management

  • Quinstar 4L® (quinclorac) added to Asparagus chapter for postemergence weed control.
  • Caparol® (prometryn) added to Okra chapter for preemergence weed control.
  • Fusilade® (fluzazifop) for post-emergence grass control added for lettuce, green onion and leeks, and rhubarb.
  • Satellite Hydrocap® (pendimethalin) added to Cole Crops and Brassica Leafy Greens, and Dry Bulb and Green Onion chapters for preemergence weed control.
  • Poast® (sethoxydim) for postemergence grass control in the Root Crops chapter now includes celeriac and rutabaga among listed crops.
  • SHIELDEX 400® (topyralate) added to Sweet Corn chapter for postemergence weed control

Insect Management

  • A new discussion of cucumber beetle thresholds is included in the cucurbit section.
  • Exirel® and Minecto® have been added to the onion section for thrips management.
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