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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 (http://worldcrops.org/), education of new and immigrant farmers, and marketing.

Pesticide Versatility Charts Now Available

With so many crops to manage on diverse New England farms, growers often ask us which materials are labeled for both fruit and vegetable applications so that they can purchase one pesticide that can be used on all or most of their crops. This project has been on the list to do for years, and this winter our program assistant Genevieve Higgins was able to tackle it. We hope you will find these tables helpful in choosing the most versatile pesticides!

Vegetable Program Annual report for 2017

Our year is coming to a close after making 130 on-farm consultations to 30 farms, conducting and presenting at 33 educational programs for 1,747 people, providing certified produce safety training to 148 individuals, donating over 2,000 lbs of our produce to the local Food Bank, and conducting 11 research trials on 7 farms. See our full annual report for a summary of what we've been up to this year!

2018-2019 New England Vegetable Management Guide Available Now!
Front cover of 2018-19 NEVMG

The 2018-2019 New England Vegetable Management Guide is a comprehensive guide to current production and pest management techniques for commercial vegetable crops. This updated edition is available now!