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Fruit and vegetable farming


Growing guides

Guides for commercial growers of fruits in cold climates

Growing safe food

On-farm food safety, GAPs audits, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Strawberry farming in Minnesota

Planting, growing and marketing strawberries in Minnesota

Fruits hardy to Minnesota

The Minnesota Hardy site has research on UMN breeding programs and lists of fruits currently available and proven hardy in Minnesota

Horticultural research

Latest research from the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station where they are successfully breeding cold-hardy, disease-resistant varieties

Minnesota Fruit

Connecting and informing fruit growers across Minnesota


Disease management

Vegetable plant diseases

Growing guides

Guides for commercial growers of fruits and vegetables in cold climates, plus links to blogs and social media

Growing safe food

On-farm food safety, GAPs audits, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Production systems

Deep Winter Greenhouses

We support Deep Winter Greenhouse research and outreach across the state. Find information and construction documents for building these passive-solar greenhouses.

Minnesota high tunnel production manual

Risk management, structures, the high tunnel environment, cultural practices, crop production, crops, and finances for growing in high tunnels in Minnesota (PDF)

Managing a farm

Business, finance, safety and systems for ag producers and small farms

Small farms

Information on running a one- to 40-acre farm

Supply chains

We work to build the relationships that bring University crop research to farmers, markets and, ultimately, dinner plates.

Nutrient management and soil health

For specialty crops

Cover crops and soil health

Cover crop selection, reducing tillage

Nutrient management

Maintaining soil fertility in organic fruit and vegetable crop systems, nutrient cycling

Soil and foliar testing

Soil testing for fruit and vegetable growers, interpreting a soil test, foliar testing in fruit and vegetable crops

Pest management

Diagnose plant problems

Diagnostic tools to help diagnose a plant problem or identify a weed or insect

Disease management

Vegetable plant diseases


Timely, objective information on fruit integrated pest management in the Midwest

Pesticide safety and certification

Pesticide education for private, noncommercial and commercial applicators


Timely, objective information on vegetable crop integrated pest management in the Midwest


The Fruit and Vegetable News blog has regular updates for growers

Person loading trays of vegetables into the back of a pickup truck.

Scholarships will help Minnesota organic and transitioning fruit and vegetable growers participate in one-to-one farm business management guidance. 

Intern speaking with producers and educators.

Each summer, Extension welcomes undergraduate students interested in crops, livestock, horticulture, natural resources or communicating science as interns throughout Minnesota. 

Farmer Lakisha Witter examines plants in her greenhouse.

Lakisha Witter didn’t imagine a life in growing food, but now she is helping other emerging farmers.


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