Purdue Extension 2014 Midwest vegetable trials report released

February 17, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Extension has released the 2014 Midwest vegetable trial publication that contains 30 reports from seven land-grant universities on the performance of vegetable varieties and production practices.

A variety of crops covered in the Midwest Vegetable Trial Report for 2014 report includes Asian vegetables, cantaloupe, pepper, pumpkin, sweet corn, watermelon, broccoli, cucumber, potato, radish and tomato.

Purdue vegetable specialist Liz Maynard said vegetable growers often tell her the trial reports help them identify varieties and practices that may do well on their farm.

"While even one year's worth of data from an independent trial is valuable, the fact that reports from past years are also online means that consistency of performance from year to year can be assessed," Maynard said. "Growers also find the reports useful to get an idea of expected yield for various crops."

Four of the reports address specific growing practices: the use of hairy vetch to supply nitrogen, biochar use in a high tunnel bag culture system, effects of organic soil amendments, and scion-rootstock compatibility for grafted tomatoes.

The publication is available free for download at Purdue Extension's The Education Store at www.edustore.purdue.edu. Search for it by entering the product code, 16-18-14-W, in the search box. A printed copy of the report is also available for $20. 

Writer: Carlee Glassburn, 765-496-2384, cglassbu@purdue.edu 

Source: Elizabeth Maynard, 219-531-4200, emaynard@purdue.edu

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