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Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

Vegetable growing guides for farmers

Extension Fruit and Vegetable Production educators and specialists work 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 and radio talks, and through one-on-one consultation.


Asparagus guide 2020

Growing Asparagus in Minnesota (PDF 2020). This 24-page guide provides farmers and advanced gardeners with recommendations for growing asparagus in Minnesota.

Asparagus production guide (PDF 2013). Cultural practices must be considered to produce asparagus successfully.


Growing garlic in Minnesota (PDF 2016). Guidelines for growing garlic in cold climates including variety selection, soils, cultural practices, pest management, harvesting, and storage.


General manuals

Manuals and guides for beginning commercial growers, high-tunnel growers, nutrient management and soil health.

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