Dear Grower,It is with a great deal of pleasure that the Southeastern Vegetable Extension Workers (SEVEW) Group is able tooffer you the 10
edition of the Vegetable Crop Handbook for the Southeastern U.S. This handbook represents a jointeffort among Extension Specialist and Researchers from 12 land-grant universities who work in the area of vegetableproduction. These specialist and researchers represent a wide array of disciplines – agricultural engineering, ento-mology, olericulture (vegetable production), plant pathology, soil science, and weed science.This handbook is comprised of current, research-based information developed from research and Extension projectsconducted throughout the southeastern United States. The key idea behind this handbook is to provide you with apractical, single source handbook that conveniently fits on your dashboard. It contains everything you need, includ-ing which variety to plant, planting dates, fertilizer recommendations, cover crops selection and conservation tillageoptions, pesticide selection, fertigation, plasticulture, post harvest handling, alternative pest management tools andsuggestions as well as many other topics.This handbook is updated annually at a meeting each fall. Thanks to our sponsors, it is printed and provided at nocharge to growers, crop advisors, county educators and Extension specialists throughout the southeastern UnitedStates. In addition to printed copies, this handbook is available on-line on at several locations that can be foundthrough links listed on the following pages.In addition to developing this handbook, the
Group focuses on strengthening and supporting vegetable pro-duction programs around the region, identifying emerging issues facing this region, and providing a forum for multi-state programming that will benefit growers in the southeastern United States. Vegetable production in this areafaces many challenges which are not limited to any individual state but are relevant to the entire region – developingadvances in production methods which reflect current climatic and economic situations, emerging pest problems,developing management strategies for pests, etc. The SEVEW Group addresses these needs on a regional basis.Extension specialists and researchers from the region meet to combine their knowledge and experience in orderto develop approaches and answers that will enable growers in the southeastern United States to optimize theirproduction practices and to increase the sustainability of their operations.We hope you enjoy this handbook!Sincerely,SEVEW Groupp.s. The SEVEW Group works with Vance Publishing Corp., Lincolnshire, Ill., publishers of
Citrus & Vegetable Magazine
, to edit, design and publish this handbook. Visit
and www.growermagazine.com to access the handbook online. In addition, you also will find several commodity fact sheets aswell as a survey for you to let us know what you think of the handbook. Your comments will ensure that the handbook only gets better year after year.
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