Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers 2015 

Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers
The Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers is a collaboration of land-grant universities from seven states. It provides vegetable production information that is valid in the participating states for the current year. This includes fertility, variety, cultural, and pest management recommendations.
Participating states include Illinois (University of Illinois Extension publication C1373-15), Indiana (Purdue Extension ID-56), Iowa (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach FG 0600), Kansas (K-State Research and Extension), Minnesota (University of Minnesota Extension BU-07094-S), Missouri (University of Missouri Extension MX384), and Ohio (Ohio State University Extension Bulletin 948).

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PDF files of individual sections appear b
elow. The complete 214-page guide is available as a PDF.

The files on this site also include updates. See the change history for these updates.

To see the editors and contributors, see About Us​.


Reference Information

Title​​​ PDF Pages
What's New in 2015?
State Extension Educators 4
Soils and Fertility 10
Soil Testing 10
Macronutrients or Primary Nutrients 11
Petiole Sap Testing 12
Fertilizer and the Environment 15
Fertilizer Application Methods 15
Liming and Soil pH 16
Chemigation Management 18
Organic Matter and Cover Crops 19
Transplants 20
Transplant Production 20
Transplant Containers 21
Seeding and Growing 21
Diseases 22
Seed Treatments 23
Irrigation, Mulches, Frost Controls 24
Using Plastic Mulch 24
Irrigation and Water Management 25
Frost Control 27
Pollination 27
Bees and Pollination 27
Time from Pollination to Market Maturity 30
Pesticide Information and Safety 30
Precautions with Pesticides 30
Handling Pesticides 31
Reduced-risk/Biopesticides 34
Pesticide Record-Keeping Form 35
Organic Vegetable Production 36
Production Tables 37
Yields of Vegetable Crops 37
Postharvest Handling and Storage Life 38
Conversions for Liquid Pesticides 38
Germination and Growing Guide 39
Pesticide Use in Greenhouses and High Tunnels 40
Using a Plant Diagnostic Lab 41
Farm Labor Law Information 43
On-farm Food Safety 44
Sanitizers Approved for Wash or Process Water 46
Insect Management 47
Insect Management Strategies 47
PHIs and REIs for Insecticides 50
Common Names of Registered Insecticides 51
Plant Parasitic Nematode Management Strategies 52
Weed Management 54
Weed Management Strategies 54
Herbicide Effectiveness 61
PHIs and REIs for Herbicides 62
Common Names of Registered Herbicides 64
Disease Management 67
Disease Management Strategies 67
PHIs and REIs for Fungicides 70
Common Names of Registered Fungicides 71
Fungicide Resistance Management 72
Disease Management with the MELCAST System 73
Slug and Snail Control 73
Common and Scientific Vegetable 74
Herbicides for Asparagus 80
Herbicides for Cole Crops 89
Product/Disease Ratings for All Cucurbits 113
Product/Disease Ratings for All Fruiting Vegetables 130
Herbicides for All Fruiting Vegetables 133
Herbicides for Leafy Vegetables 141
Herbicides for Legumes 155
Herbicides for All Garlic, Onions, and Leeks 169
Herbicides for Potatoes 176
Herbicides for Root Crops: Beet, Carrot, Horseradish, Radish, and Turnip 188
Herbicides for Sweet Corn 197
Photos of Pests and Problems 207

Crop Recomendations​​

Title​ PDF Pages
Asian Vegetables 82
Asparagus 77
Basil 138
Beet 184
Broccoli 84
Brussels Sprouts 84
Cabbage 84
Cantaloupe 100
Carrot 184
Cauliflower 84
Collards 84
Cowpea 150
Cucumber 100
Dry Bean 149
Eggplant 118
Endive 138
Garlic 164
Herbs 138
Kale   84
Leek 164
Lettuce (Head and Leaf) 138
Lima Bean 149
Mint (Peppermint and Spearmint) 159
Mustard  84
Okra 162
Onion (Bulb and Green) 164
Parsley 138
Pea 150
Pepper 121
Potato 171
Pumpkin 94
Radish 184
Rhubarb 182
Snap Bean 149
Spinach 138
Squash 94
Sweet Corn 191
Sweet Potato 201
Tomato 125
Turnip 184
Turnip Greens 84
Watermelon 100
Change History

Date ​Section(s)​ ​Change Description
1/05/15 Cucurbits Bravo Weather Stik® was removed for powdery mildew control.
1/05/15 Cucurbits Merivon® was added for powdery mildew control.
4/02/15 Production Tables Several products were added to Table 16: Insecticide Labeling for Greenhouse Use.
4/02/15 Cucurbits Luna Privilege® was removed from the lists of suggested products for Alternaria leaf blight control and gummy stem blight/black rot control.
4/02/15 Cucurbits The rates for Presidio® for downy mildew and Phytophthora blight control were modified.
4/02/15 Cucurbits Several products were deleted, added, or modified in the Product/Disease Ratings for All Cucurbits table.
4/02/15 Fruiting Vegetables Ridomil Gold SL® was added to the list of recommended products for buckeye rot and Phytophthora blight control in tomato.
4/02/15 Fruiting Vegetables Gavel 75DF® was added to the list of recommended products for leaf mold control in tomato.
4/02/15 Fruiting Vegetables Several products were deleted, added, or modified in the Product/Disease Ratings for All Fruiting Vegetables table.