Ohio State University (OSU) Extension has released four new publications for producers and consumers.
The publications — on commercial vegetable production, Midwest tree fruit spraying, commercial small fruit and grape spraying, and controlling weeds in Ohio and Indiana — offer insight into practical issues as spring arrives and growers are getting ready for the upcoming planting season, says Celeste Welty, an OSU Extension entomologist and an associate professor of entomology.
OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) fruit and vegetable specialists are contributors to the new guides, ensuring that the information within the publications reflects current recommendations applicable to Ohio farming operations, she says.
“Having all current options for pest management decision-making in one bulletin is valued by our growers,” Welty says. “Every year there are some new pesticide products and uses added, and some pesticide use cancelled, and these changes are incorporated into the annual edition of each production guide. Although pesticides are prominent in these bulletins, information on non-chemical management tactics is also included,” she says.
The publications include:
- “2013 Midwest Commercial Small Fruit and Grape Spray Guide,” offers information on pest management recommendations formulated to provide up-to-date guidance on pesticides and their applicability to the pest problem. The guide is good for growers who plan to use restricted pesticides, who must be certified as private applicators.
- “2013 Midwest Tree Fruit Spray Guide,” developed by the Midwest Fruit Workers Group to ensure proper application of pesticides on commercial fruit including apples, pears, cherries, peaches, and plums. The guide includes formulations, application schedules, and procedures for the listed fruits and special problems and pests that can occur.
- “2013 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers,” an annual guide that provides a summary of suggested vegetable varieties, seeding rates, fertilizer rates, weed control, insect control, and disease control measures for commercial growers.
The publications are among more than 600 titles that are in stock and can be found at http://estore.osu-extension.org. The guides can also be purchased online at OSU Extension’s Media Distribution Store, http://estore.osu-extension.org.