Ohio Vegetable Production Guide Updated and Merged with New Regional Guide



COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State University Extension's Ohio Vegetable Production Guide (Bulletin 672) has been discontinued but most of its content, including cultural, varietal, and pesticide recommendations, have been merged with an existing regional publication, an OSU Extension specialist said.

The Midwest Vegetable Production Guide (Bulletin 948 for Ohio) is a regional publication involving seven states, including Ohio, published by Purdue University Extension. OSU Extension and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) vegetable specialists are contributors to the new guide, ensuring the information within the document will reflect current recommendations applicable to Ohio farming operations, said Jim Jasinski, an OSU Extension educator and Integrated Pest Management specialist.

OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

The states included in the regional guide are Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota and Ohio.

“Ohio growers should find the new comprehensive guide filled with the same information that was previously published in the former guide,” Jasinski said. “If there is specific content growers notice missing, please contact us and we’ll try to include that information next year.”

A change for Ohio growers in the new guide is the arrangement of the chapters by crop grouping instead of individual crops, Jasinski said.

“For example, tomato, pepper and eggplant are all placed in a ‘Fruiting Vegetables’ chapter,” he said. “Also included in the guide are icons indicating reduced risk, biopesticides and organic-approved pesticides.”

The Midwest Vegetable Production Guide is now available at OSU Extension county offices statewide for $10. The guide can also be purchased online at OSU Extension’s Media Distribution Store (http://estore.osu-extension.org) for $10 plus tax and shipping.

A free PDF version of the document can be found online at http://www.btny.purdue.edu/pubs/id/id-56/.

For more information, contact Jasinski at 937-484-1526 or jasinski.4@osu.edu; Celeste Welty, OSU Extension Department of Entomology at 614-292-2803 or welty.1@osu.edu; or Cindy McCain, OSU Extension Media Distribution at 614-292-1607 or mccain.55@osu.edu.

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