The Vegetable Team provides both research and educational programs for a diverse and thriving vegetable industry in Massachusetts and the region.
The 2014 UMass Agricultural Field Day presented an opportunity for the public to come tour the UMass Animal and Crop Research Station in South Deerfield, MA. Nineteen experiments were included in this years program covering a range of topics, including: crop trials, sustainable farming, integrated pest management, intercropping systems, innovative soil amendments and energy-efficient food storage systems.
If you missed this event but would like to learn more about the current projects at the research farm you can view the program which contains summaries of the research topics that were presented. View the program here.
The third year of our USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-funded project has come to end and a summary of our activities is provided here. The eIPM project allows the UMASS Fruit and Vegetable Extension teams to work with local growers on a broad range of activities related to Integrated Pest Management for diversified vegetable and fruit farms. One of the core components of this project is working with several 'model farms,' who grow both fruits and vegetables and are open to expanding their use of advanced pest management techniques as well as working with us to better understand how a diversified farm can use IPM.
Check out a summary of the work we did on eIPM in 2013 here!
The new edition of this trusted and comprehensive production resource includes a revised section on soil nutrient management as well as improved resources and information on high tunnel and greenhouse production and includes the Northeast Vegetable and Strawberry Pest ID Guide which has also been expanded and updated.
To purchase copies of the 2014-2015 New England Vegetable Management Guide, contact your state Extension publication office, or the University of Massachusetts Extension Bookstore at 1-877-UMASSXT or 413-545-2717 (within Massachusetts). The UMass bookstore is staffed Tuesday-Thursday from 9am-2pm. You may complete your order online, print it and mail it with a check, or submit it electronically them make a follow-up phone call to provide credit card information.