The Maryland Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations for 2015, has just been released. This guide replaces all previous editions. Please note these recommendations are written for commercial products and are not intended for use by home gardeners.
Information presented in this publication is based on research results from the University of Maryland, College Park; University of Delaware; The Pennsylvania State University; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; West Virginia University; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, combined with industry and grower knowledge and experience.
The vegetable production guide is intended for the commercial vegetable grower who has to make numerous managerial decisions. Although the proper choice of the variety, pesticide, application, equipment, fertilizer, and cultural practice is the individual vegetable grower's responsibility, these recommendations should facilitate decision-making. Recommended planting dates will vary across the five-state region. Local weather conditions, grower experience, and variety may facilitate successful harvest on crops planted outside the planting dates listed in the guide. This can be evaluated in consultation with the local county agents and state specialists. Government agencies and other organizations administrating crop insurance programs or other support programs should contact the local county agents and/or state vegetable specialists for guidance.
The publication is revised annually to include new information that evolves in the rapidly changing vegetable industry. Your county agricultural agent will send you important changes in recommendations as they occur during the year. Also, he or she will answer any questions you may have regarding specific recommendations.
2015 revisions prepared by Gerald E. Brust (Entomology), Kathryne L. Everts (Plant Pathology and Food Safety), and Sasha Marine (Plant Pathology and Food Safety) in cooperation with the University of Delaware; The Pennsylvania State University; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and West Virginia University.
The authors welcome constructive criticism and suggestions from growers and industry personnel who may wish to help improve future editions of this publication.
Click here to view the 2015 Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations for Maryland.