Articles from 2016

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Farmers and ranchers in the North Central region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. Proposals should show how farmers and ranchers plan to use their own innovative ideas to explore sustainable agriculture options and how they will share project results. Sustainable agriculture is good for the environment, profitable, and socially responsible. Projects should emphasize research or education/demonstration. There are three types of competitive grants: individual grants ($7,500 maximum), team of two grants for two farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($15,000 maximum), and group grants for three or more farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($22,500 maximum). NCR-SARE will be accepting online submissions for the Farmer Rancher Grant Program. More information about the online submission system can be found in the call for proposals. Interested applicants can find the call for proposals online as[Read More…]


After a season of relatively low corn earworm activity, pheromone trap catches have taken a dramatic turn upward, especially in the northern half of the state. Catches of 100-200 moths per night in the trap are not uncommon currently. Keep in mind that the threshold for treatment is 10 moths per night, so these catches would be 10-20X the threshold. At this point, growers with late sweet corn should be beginning treating when about 30-50% of the plants are showing silks. Sprays should be applied every 2-3 days until silks turn brown. It takes 3 days for eggs to hatch so a reasonable question would be, why spray every 2 days?  Really what it becomes at this point is a numbers game. Even the best insecticide applied at the highest rate with excellent coverage will not provide 100% control. When counts are near the threshold the number of escapes is[Read More…]


High Tunnel Tour at SWPAC Date: August 22, 2016 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. (EST) Location: Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center, 4369 North Purdue Road, Vincennes, IN 47591 Please join us for a high tunnel tour at the Southwest Purdue Ag Center. You will learn about high tunnel tomato diseases and management, end of season field sanitation, potential of grafting in high tunnel tomato production, use of shade cloth and sprayer calibration. Please feel free to bring samples for disease identification.  The tour is free, to register please call (812) 886-0198. If you need transportation, please let us know. For more information please contact Dan Egel at egel@purdue.edu or Wenjing Guan at guan40@purdue.edu.   Beginning Farmer Southeast Regional Workshop  Date: August 20, 2016, noon -7:30 P.M. (EST) Location: Purdue Polytechnic-New Albany, 3000 Technology Ave, New Albany, IN 47150 The workshop will cover a wide range of topics including high tunnel and hoop houses, food safety, vegetable production, pricing products, beginning[Read More…]


Figure 5: Tirreno, an Italian netted variety, orange flesh color

Indiana is a very important player in the domestic melon market. The total acreage planted in Indiana peaked in 1997 at 3,600 acres. In that year the total production was 455,000 cwt with an average income of $16.00 per cwt. The total farm value of production was $7,280,000 ($2,022 per acre). Yield has increased since 1997 from 130 cwt per acre to more than 200 cwt per acre in 2014. The Indiana melon growers have lost a significant share of the melon market since the 2011 and 2012 food borne illness outbreaks. Compared to 2011, the acreage planted and production in 2015 decreased by 900 acres and 52% (300,000 cwt), respectively. Quick Facts about Indiana Cantaloupe Transplant Production: March/April Planting Season: April – June Harvest Season: June – Sept. Plant Population (2.5 ft. x 6 ft.): 2,904 plants per acre Total acres planted: 2,100 acres (2013), 1,900 acres (2014), 1,800[Read More…]


Figure 1. A 30% black shade cloth was added to one of the high tunnels

We have discussed the pros and cons of using shade cloth for growing high tunnel tomatoes in this article https://vegcropshotline.org/article/whether-to-put-shade-cloth-on-high-tunnel-tomatoes/ Shade cloth helps with reducing temperatures inside the high tunnel. But it also reduces light intensity that is essential for photosynthesis. To better understand to what extent can temperature and light reduced with a shade cloth applied on top of a high tunnel, We did a comparison this summer at Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center, Vincennes, IN, with one high tunnel applied with 30% black shade cloth, and the adjacent one did not (Figure 1). The following figures (Figure 2 and 3) illustrate how temperature and light levels in the high tunnel were affected by the shade cloth in a typical sunny (July 23) and a cloudy day (July 2). On both days, about 10 degree difference of maximal temperatures were observed between the two tunnels. On the sunny day of July[Read More…]


Cucurbit downy mildew has been observed on cucumber and cantaloupe near Wanatah, in La Porte County, Indiana. Downy mildew has also been confirmed on cucumber in St. Joseph County Michigan, just northeast of Elkhart, Indiana as well as on processing pumpkin in central Illinois. Downy mildew of cucurbits has also been reported in southern and central Kentucky and north-central Ohio. All cucurbit growers in Indiana should be scouting and managing for downy mildew. The organism that causes downy mildew of cucurbits doesn’t overwinter in Indiana. It has to be blown in every year. It is common for downy mildew to start the season in the Gulf States and migrate north with the cucurbit crops. Downy mildew apparently overwinters in northern Michigan/southern Ontario in greenhouses where cucumbers are grown year round. Therefore, downy mildew is often found in Michigan before it is found in Indiana. Many cucumber varieties have some resistance to downy mildew. For susceptible[Read More…]


High Tunnel Tour at SWPAC Date: August 22, 2016 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Location: Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center, 4369 North Purdue Road, Vincennes, IN 47591 Please join us for a high tunnel tour at the Southwest Purdue Ag Center. You will learn about high tunnel tomato diseases and management, end of season field sanitation, potential of grafting in high tunnel tomato production, use of shade clothe and sprayer calibration. The tour is free, to register please call (812) 886-0198. For more information please contact Dan Egel at egel@purdue.edu or Wenjing Guan at guan40@purdue.edu. Beginning Farmer Southeast Regional Workshop  Date: August 20, 2016, noon -7:30 pm Location: Purdue Polytechnic-New Albany, 3000 Technology Ave, New Albany, IN 47150 The workshop will cover a wide range of topics including high tunnel and hoop houses, food safety, vegetable production, pricing products, beginning farmer resources and beekeeping. A southern style barbecue will be provided. The workshop is[Read More…]


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