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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

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.

Brassicas

Non-pest issues in cool-season crops - While fall conditions are optimal for most  cool-season vegetables, Minnesota spring conditions are variable, and often lead to problems like bolting, lack of heads, and bitterness.

Cucurbits

Flower and fruit set in cucurbits - Cucumbers, melons, zucchini, squash and pumpkins are notorious for their temperamental flowers and fruiting requirements. Every year we hear from growers who have beautiful green plants, but very little fruit. There are a couple of key reasons that this occurs.

Garlic

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.

Preventing plant diseases on farms is a quick list of strategies for minimizing plant diseases in vegetable crops.

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