University of Maryland Extension

Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations

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The use of any pesticide inconsistent with the label directions is a violation of Federal law.


This copy of the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations replaces all previous editions of the Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations published individually for Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Information presented in this publication is based on research results from the University of Delaware; the University of Maryland; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; The Pennsylvania State University; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; West Virginia University; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, combined with industry and grower knowledge and experience.

This vegetable production guide is intended for the commercial vegetable grower who has to make numerous managerial decisions. Although the proper choices of variety, pesticides, equipment, irrigation, fertilizer, and cultural practices are the individual vegetable grower’s responsibility, it is intended that these recommendations will facilitate decision-making. Recommended planting dates will vary across the six-state region. Local weather conditions, grower experience, and variety may facilitate successful harvest on crops planted outside the planting dates listed in this guide. This can be evaluated in consultation with the local agents and state specialists. Government agencies and other organizations administrating crop insurance programs or other support programs should contact local Extension agents and/or vegetable specialists for guidance.

The publication will be revised annually or as is necessary to include new information that evolves in the rapidly changing vegetable industry. Important updates will be communicated through local Extension agents and vegetable specialists. The Editors welcome constructive criticism and suggestions from growers and industry personnel who may wish to help improve future editions of this publication.

Be sure to also read the critical updates document below for the recommendations guide.

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