Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for 

Commercial Growers 2018

Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers 
The 2018 edition of the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers is a collaboration of land-grant universities from eight 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.
 
The participating states are:
  • Illinois — University of Illinois Extension publication C1373-18
  • Indiana — Purdue Extension publication ID-56
  • Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication FG 0600
  • Kansas — Kansas State Research and Extension publication MF3279
  • Michigan — Michigan State University Extension publication E0312
  • Minnesota — University of Minnesota Extension publication BU-07094-S
  • Missouri — University of Missouri Extension publication MX384, Lincoln University of Missouri Cooperative Extension and Research publication LUCER 01-2018
  • Ohio — Ohio State University Extension Bulletin 948

The print edition of this publication is available from the 
Purdue Extension Education StoreTo order by phone, call (765) 494-6794.

Download the complete 240-page PDF of the guide.

PDF files of individual sections appear below. 

Contents

Reference Information

Title​​​ PDF Pages
What's New in 2018?
3
State Extension Educators 4
Soils Fertility and Nutrient Management 12
Crop Nutrient Requirements 13
Soil Testing 12
Crop Nutrient Requirements 13
Macronutrients 13
​Micronutrients 14
Fertilizer and the Environment 16
Fertilizer Application Methods 16
​Fertilzer Rates per  Linear Bed Foot 16
Liming and Soil pH 17
Chemigation Management 19
Organic Matter and Cover Crops 20
Transplants 23
Transplant Production 23
Seeding and Growing 24
Seed Treatments 26
Irrigation, Mulches, Frost Controls 27
Using Plastic Mulch 27
Irrigation and Water Management 28
Frost Control 30
Pollination 30
Bees and Pollination 30
Time from Pollination to Market Maturity 33
Pesticide Information and Safety 33
Precautions with Pesticides 33
Handling Pesticides 34
Reduced-risk/Biopesticides 37
Pesticide Record-Keeping Form 38​
Organic Vegetable Production 39
Production Tables 41​
Yields of Vegetable Crops 41
Postharvest Handling and Storage Life 42
Germination and Growing Guide 43
Using a Plant Diagnostic Lab 44
Farm Labor Law Information 47
On-farm Food Safety 48
Sanitizers Approved for Wash or Process Water 50
Insect Management 51
Insect Management Strategies 51
​Selected Information About Recommended Insecticides 54
PHIs and REIs for Insecticides 57
Plant Parasitic Nematode Management Strategies
58
Weed Management 61
Weed Management Strategies 61
Herbicide Effectiveness 68
​Selected Information About Recommended Herbicides 69
PHIs and REIs for Herbicides 71
Disease Management 73
Disease Management Strategies 73
​Selected Information About Recommended Fungicides 79
PHIs and REIs for Fungicides 83
Disease Forecasting Systems 84
Slug and Snail Control 84
Common and Scientific Vegetable 85
Herbicides for Asparagus 92
Herbicides for Cole Crops 107
Product/Disease Ratings for All Cucurbits 125
Product/Disease Ratings for All Fruiting Vegetables 146
Herbicides for All Fruiting Vegetables 149
Herbicides for Leafy Vegetables 160
Herbicides for Legumes 175
Herbicides for All Garlic, Onions, and Leeks 192
Herbicides for Potatoes 200
Herbicides for Root Crops: Beet, Carrot, Horseradish, Radish, and Turnip 215
Photos of Pests and Problems 233​

Crop Recomendations​​

Title​ PDF Pages
Asian Vegetables 94
Asparagus 88
Basil 154, 165
Beet 210
Broccoli 102
Brussels Sprouts 102
Cabbage 102
Cantaloupe 117
Carrot 210
Cauliflower 102
​Celery 96
Collards 102
Cowpea 169
Cucumber 117
Dry Bean 169
Eggplant 134
Endive 154
Garlic 185
Herbs 154, 165
Kale  102
Leek 185
Lettuce (Head and Leaf) 154
Lima Bean 169
Mint (Peppermint and Spearmint) 180
Mustard  102
Okra 183
Onion (Bulb and Green) 185​
Parsley 154
​Parsnip 210
Pea 169
Pepper 137
Potato 195
Pumpkin 112
Radish 210
Rhubarb 207
Snap Bean 169
Spinach 154
Squash 112
Sweet Corn 219
Sweet Potato 229
Tomato 141
Turnip 210​
Turnip Greens 102
Watermelon 117​
Change History

Date ​Section(s)​ ​Change Description
11-30-17
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