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Commercial growers want research on refining production and marketing practices to produce healthy foods and enhance profitability. We focus on early-season stand establishment and integrated cropping systems that improve efficiency, use fewer inputs, and protect natural resources.


Vegetable IPM resource for the Midwest

Extension > Garden > Commercial fruit and vegetable production

Minnesota high tunnel production manual for commercial growers

Risk management, structures, the high tunnel environment, cultural practices, crop production, crops, and finances.

Nutrient management for commercial fruit and vegetable crops in Minnesota

Supplemental fertilizer applications become necessary when the soil cannot supply the level of nutrient required.

Maintaining soil fertility in an organic fruit and vegetable crops system

Add amendments based on soil test results, crop requirements, nutrient content, available sources, potential improvements, and cost–benefit analysis.

Diagnosing nutrient disorders in fruit and vegetable crops

Tools include plant tissue analysis and visual symptoms of nutrient deficiency and toxicity.

Using manure and compost as nutrient sources for fruit and vegetable crops

The composition of fresh versus composted manure, nutrient availability from manure/compost, and calculation of how much manure/compost to apply.

Nutrient cycling and maintaining soil fertility in fruit and vegetable crop systems

Understanding nutrient cycles helps to maintain soil fertility and protect water resources.

Commercial blueberry production in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Choosing cultivars, selecting and preparing a site, and planting.

Minnesota fruit and vegetable growers manual for the beginning grower

Risk management, business planning and start-up, and marketing (4,480 K PDF).

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