Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers 2020

The 2020 edition of the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers is a collaboration of land-grant universities from eight states. It provides vegetable production information that is valid in the participating states for the current year. This includes fertility, variety, cultural, and pest management recommendations.

The participating states are:

  • Illinois — University of Illinois Extension publication C1373-20
  • Indiana — Purdue Extension publication ID-56
  • Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication FG 0600
  • Kansas — Kansas State Research and Extension publication MF3279
  • Michigan — Michigan State University Extension publication E0312
  • Minnesota — University of Minnesota Extension publication BU-07094-S
  • Missouri — University of Missouri Extension publication MX384, Lincoln University of Missouri Cooperative Extension and Research publication LUCER 01-2020
  • Ohio — Ohio State University Extension Bulletin 948

Learn more about the editors and contributors.

The print edition of this publication is available from the Purdue Extension Education Store. To order by phone, call (765) 494-6794. Download the complete 268-page PDF of the guide. PDF files of individual sections appear below.


Reference Information

Title PDF Pages
Introduction 3
State Extension Educators 4-11
Soil Fertiliity 12-22
Transplants 23-27
Irrigation, Mulches, Frost Control 27-29
Pollination 30-33
Pesticide Information, Safety 33-38
Organic Vegetable Production 39-41
Production Tables 41-43
Using a Plant Diagnostic Lab 44-46
Farm Labor Law Information 47
Produce Food Safety 48-51
Insect Management 51-57
Plant Parasitic Nematode Management Strategies 58-60
Weed Management 61-72
Disease Management 73-87

Crop Recommendations

Title PDF Pages
Asian Vegetables 95-97
Asparagus 88-94
Celery 98-105
Cole Crops and Brassica Leafy Greens 106-119
Cucurbits 120-142
Fruiting Vegetables 143-161
Leafy Vegetables (Non-Brassica) and Herbs 162-180
Legumes 181-195
Mint 196-199
Okra 200-202
Dry Bulb and Green Bunching Onion, Garlic, and Leek 203-215
Potato 216-229
Rhubarb 230-233
Root Crops 234-242
Sweet Corn 243-256
Sweet Potato 257-262

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