Vegetable & Fruit News Winter Cover
Updated: February 2, 2024

Winter 2023 | Volume 14, Issue 1

Red legged winter mites causing damage to leafy greens in high tunnels now

Gerald "Jerry Brust", University of Maryland Extension

The red legged winter mite, Penthaleus dorsalis has been found in the last few weeks causing damage in high tunnels (HTs) growing leafy greens. These reports have been from Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.

Red legged winter mites are very small with dark purple/black bodies...Read more about Red legged winter mites causing damage to leafy greens in high tunnels now

Choosing Bt Sweet Corn Varieties

Alan Leslie, UME Agent - Charles County and Ben Beale, UME Agent - St. Mary’s County

When selecting sweet corn seed varieties this year, you may want to consider selecting some of the genetically modified Bt hybrids that have built-in resistance to different insect pests. Bt sweet corn varieties have been genetically engineered with genes from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (aka “Bt”), which produce proteins...Read more about Choosing Bt Sweet Corn Varieties

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    Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations Guide

  • Where Can I Find Agricultural Scholarships?

    This time of year, many scholarship applications are opening up.

    For a selected list of some of the scholarships available for Maryland students pursuing post-high school education in agriculture or related fields, go to

Upcoming Vegetable and Fruit Meetings

  • Central Maryland Vegetable Growers Meeting
    January 26, 2023, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Cost: $20 At Summit Manor at Hereford Fire Hall, 510 Monkton Rd. Monkton, MD
    Registration and more information:
  • 2023 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention
    January 31, thru Feb. 2, 2023.
    At Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA.
    Registration and more information:
  • Eastern Shore Vegetable Growers Meeting
    February 7, 2023, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. registration required).
    Eastern Shore Hospital Center, 5262 Woods Rd., Cambridge, MD.
    Registration: or contact UME Dorchester County Office at (410) 228-8800
  • Southern Maryland Vegetable & Fruit Production Meeting
    February 9, 2023, 8:00 am—4:00 pm.
    Cost: $15
  • Registration and more information:
  • Western Maryland Regional Fruit Meeting
    March 2, 2023. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Western Maryland Research and Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD.
  • Produce Safety Rule Trainings
    • January 23, 2023, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
      Cost: $35.
      At the Fredrick County Extension Office (330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 21702)
      Register at
    • February 10, 2023, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
      Cost: $35. At the Anne Arundel County Extension Office (97 Dairy Lane, Gambrills, MD 21504) Register at

Vegetable & Fruit News, Winter 2023, Volume 14, Issue 1 (pdf)

Vegetable & Fruit News is a research-based publication for the commercial vegetable and fruit industry available electronically from April through October.  Published by the University of Maryland Extension Agriculture and Food Systems team.

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Emily Zobel
University of Maryland Extension Agent - Dorchester County
501 Court Lane, Room 208
Cambridge, MD 21613
Phone: (410) 410-228-8800

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