Articles from 2018

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North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association member Trellis Growing Systems recently won a USDA-AMS Local Foods Promotion Program grant to do a feasibility study for an IQF (individually quick frozen) processing facility to service Midwest berry growers. The facility would be in Circleville, OH.  They have created a survey through PollDaddy to try to determine grower interest, berry volumes, pricing, etc. If you are a grower in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, or Kentucky, please take their survey!   https://trellis2018.polldaddy.com/s/iqf-facility-for-midwest-berries    


For organisms that don’t regulate their temperature (such as plants and insects), the rate of development is largely controlled by the temperature of their environment. As we know, fruit trees and vines need a certain amount of “winter chilling” that they use to measure when winter is over. After the chilling period, plant development depends on temperature. Fruit plants in Indiana are primed and ready to grow – right now they are just waiting for suitable temperatures. Waiting, and waiting and waiting. Typically very little plant development occurs below 50F so we measure heat accumulation above 50F (Growing Degree Days) to predict the rate of plant development.  As we see from Figure 1, this year (solid black line) in Lafayette we have accumulated very few GDD, and those derived from a few warm days at the end of February. We have not accumulated any GDD since March 1, but with[Read More…]


Early spring is a good time to make the first herbicide application of the year. There are several options for fruit crops including both pre- and post-emergent herbicides. See the weed control chapter in the 2018 Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide for a complete list of products. In most situations, there will be some emerged weeds present in the planting at this time of the year. These could be winter annuals, perennials, or recently germinated summer annuals. A post-emergent herbicide can be used to control those established weeds. A pre-emergent material can be tank mixed at this time to provide residual weed control. However, most pre-emergent herbicides will provide only 6 to 8 weeks of control as they break down in the environment. So, if applied in very early spring, they may not provide sufficient control of summer grasses (foxtail, barnyard grass, goosegrass, crabgrass, etc.). If those are weeds on[Read More…]


Insects and other arthropods are cold-blooded (or more technically, poikilothermic), which means that they don’t generate their own body heat like we do, but must rely on the environment for their heat. Each insect has its own developmental threshold, a temperature below which no development takes place. For many insects, such as codling moth, that threshold is about 50o F. So, whenever temperatures below that temperature, codling moth is not active and no development is occurring. Other insects have their own developmental thresholds. In general, the warmer the temperature, as long as it is above the developmental threshold, the more rapidly insects develop. Most insects have an upper limit, above which developmental rate doesn’t increase or may even slow down. This reliance upon temperature for development is why we make our recommendations for management actions, whether putting out pheromone traps or making applications, based on the crop stage rather than[Read More…]



May 7, 2018 Purdue Wine Grape Team “From Grape to Glass” Byler Lane Winery 5858 County Road 35, Auburn, IN 46706 Contact Jill Blume blume@purdue.edu June 26, 2018 Indiana Hort Society Summer Field Day Garwood Orchard, LaPorte, IN Contact Lori Jolly-Brown ljollybr@ purdue.edu October 17, 2018 Indiana Flower Growers Conference Daniel Turf Center Contact Lori Jolly-Brown ljollybr@ purdue.edu January 8, 2019 Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium. Teibel’s Family Restaurant, Schererville, IN Contact Liz Maynard emaynard@purdue.edu https://ag.purdue.edu/hla/Extension/Pages/IVGS.aspx February 12-14, 2019 Indiana Hort Congress. Indianapolis Marriott East Indianapolis, IN Contact Lori Jolly-Brown, ljollybr@purdue.edu or 765-494-1296 http://www.inhortcongress.org      


Francis Eugene “Gene” Stuckey, age 80, passed away peacefully at his son’s home in Bucyrus, Ohio on Tuesday morning, March 27, 2018. Born August 30, 1937 in Muncie, Indiana, he was the son of the late Dan and Martha (Heather) Stuckey. He was a graduate of Carmel High School. Gene was a lifelong farmer. For over 40 years, he was the owner and operator of Stuckey Farms located near Sheridan on the Boone / Hamilton County line. Between his vegetable plots, the wonderfully kept orchard, and the farm market, he provided a much needed and appreciated service to the residents of Sheridan, and the surrounding communities, by providing them with farm fresh produce, year after year, without fail. Helping and caring for others was a guiding principle throughout his life. During the 80’s and 90’s, Gene worked on multiple short term mission trips with CSI, building homes and schools. He[Read More…]