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UMass Extension Vegetable Program

The UMass Extension Vegetable Team provides both research and educational programs for a diverse and thriving vegetable industry in Massachusetts and the region.

The UMass Extension Vegetable team is a multidisciplinary group including specialists in sustainable vegetable production, cover crops and soil fertility, IPM and organic management of weeds, insects and diseases, disease diagnostics, plant breeding, development of new crops especially for ethnic and immigrant communities (, education of new and immigrant farmers, and marketing.

Current Newsletter: Vegetable Notes 2023 Vol. 35:24
In This Issue:

Crop Conditions
Pest Alerts
Cold Injury in Vegetable Crops and Why It Happens
Efficacy of Conventional and OMRI-Listed Fungicides for Cercospora Leaf Spot Control in Table Beets
Optimal Conditions for Storage Crops

  • An image of the introductory slide to a powerpoint presentation, titled "An Introduction to FSA & NRCS Assistance in Massachusetts" with a view of the Connecticut River

    Webinar Recordings Available for MDAR, FSA, and NRCS Assistance Programs

    April 7, 2023

    UMass Extension recently co-hosted an informational webinar on Farm Service Agency and Natural Resource Conservation Service assistance programs for farmers. MDAR also recently held a webinar on their grant programs for farmers. Recordings of both webinars are now available! Check them out for information about eligibility and timelines for technical and financial assistance programs.

  • New Weed Factsheet Now Available in English and Spanish: Understanding Weed Life Cycles

    June 5, 2022

    A new fact sheet on lifecycles of common weeds in vegetable production systems is now available from the UMass Extension Vegetable Program. This fact sheet outlines the life cycles of winter annual, summer annual, and perennial weeds, including common examples and recommended control strategies for each, along with photos. This fact sheet is available in English and Spanish.

  • Twilight Meeting Series on Water Issues on the Farm Kicks off this Week

    September 14, 2020

    Join the Vegetable Team and speakers from across the Northeast and beyond to discuss water issues across the farm--from irrigation efficiency for times of drought to tile drainage for times of flood, using sanitizers to ensure safe washing of produce, mapping water resources, and much more. Wednesdays in September from 6-7:30pm! Check the events tab for registration info.