Commercial fruit and vegetable growing guides
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The Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Production Program works with growers to enhance profitability, add value, and maintain food security through local production and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops in Minnesota.
We work with:
- commercial vegetable producers
- commercial fruit producers
- the commercial processing industry
- new immigrant farmers
In partnership with other organizations and commodity groups, we conduct research and communicate research-based information to growers throughout Minnesota.
We do this by developing and producing educational programs, field days, grower roundtables, print and web publications, newsletters, radio talks, and through one-on-one consultation.
Fruit and vegetable guides
Advice for commercial growers of specific crops hardy to northern climates.
Commercial blueberry production in Minnesota and Wisconsin Choosing cultivars, selecting and preparing a site, and planting.
Commercial strawberry production in Minnesota Strawberries can be successfully grown on a commercial scale throughout much of Minnesota.
How to train young grape vines The fundamentals of training young vines can be applied to any of the trellis systems. Here we discuss some of the specific needs of growing cold-hardy hybrid grapevines.
Asparagus production guide This publication describes the cultural practices that must be considered to produce asparagus successfully.
Growing garlic in Minnesota Guidelines for growing garlic in cold climates including variety selection, soils, cultural practices, pest management, harvesting, and storage.
Sweet corn Value and risk of IPM for European corn borer.
Manuals and guides for beginning commercial growers, high-tunnel growers, nutrient management and soil health
Minnesota fruit and vegetable growers manual for the beginning grower Risk management, business planning and start-up, and marketing (PDF).
Minnesota high tunnel production manual for commercial growers, 2nd Edition Risk management, structures, the high tunnel environment, cultural practices, crop production, crops, and finances for growing in high tunnels in Minnesota. (PDF)
Maintaining soil fertility in an organic fruit and vegetable crops system Add amendments based on soil test results, crop requirements, nutrient content, available sources, potential improvements, and cost–benefit analysis. (PDF)
Nutrient management for commercial fruit and vegetable crops in Minnesota Supplemental fertilizer applications become necessary when the soil cannot supply the level of nutrient required. (PDF)
Nutrient cycling and maintaining soil fertility in fruit and vegetable crop systems Understanding nutrient cycles helps to maintain soil fertility and protect water resources. (PDF)
Fruit and Vegetable News
Pest management alerts