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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)

Raspberry farming in Minnesota

Planting, growing and marketing raspberries in Minnesota

Strawberry farming in Minnesota

Planting, growing and marketing strawberries in Minnesota

Fruits hardy to Minnesota

Research on UMN breeding programs and lists of fruits currently available and proven hardy in Minnesota

Minnesota Fruit

Connecting and informing fruit growers across Minnesota

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

A line of people standing in a farm field watching a speaker.

Farmers learned about organic broccoli and strawberry projects at the University of Minnesota and how others approach the same problems they're having.

Drawing of the front and back of a wasp and hornet killer spray bottle. Text along the left side of the image points to areas on the bottle labeled: Signal Word, Environmental Hazards, and Ingredients. Text on the right side points to areas on the bottle labeled: Directions, Precautionary Statement, First Aid, Storage and disposal, Manufacturer's contact, and EPA registration number.

This new resource offers information on how to protect people, pets, wildlife, and the environment by using, storing, and disposing of pesticide products safely.

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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