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Vegetable Notes: Vol. 26, No. 4 April, 2014

Summary of EIPM Project Efforts in 2013

The third year of our USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-funded project has come to end and a summary of our activities is provided here.  The eIPM project allows the UMASS Fruit and Vegetable Extension teams to work with local growers on a broad range of activities related to Integrated Pest Management for diversified vegetable and fruit farms. One of the core components of this project is working with several 'model farms,' who grow both fruits and vegetables and are open to expanding their use of advanced pest management techniques as well as working with us to better understand how a diversified farm can use IPM.

Check out a summary of the work we did on eIPM in 2013 here!

Updated New England Vegetable Management and Northeast Vegetable and Strawberry Pest ID Guides Now Available!!

The new edition of this trusted and comprehensive production resource includes a revised section on soil nutrient management as well as improved resources and information on high tunnel and greenhouse production and includes the Northeast Vegetable and Strawberry Pest ID Guide which has also been expanded and updated. 

To purchase copies of the 2014-2015 New England Vegetable Management Guide, contact your state Extension publication office, or the University of Massachusetts Extension Bookstore at 1-877-UMASSXT or 413-545-2717 (within Massachusetts). The UMass bookstore is staffed Tuesday-Thursday from 9am-2pm. You may complete your order online, print it and mail it with a check, or submit it electronically them make a follow-up phone call to provide credit card information.

Hot Water Treatment of Seeds

Time to think about hot water treating seeds before planting!  See below for information and a full list of treatable seeds, protocols, and which diseases can be eliminated or reduced by treating with hot water.

UMass Fruit & Vegetable Extension Survey

Please Give Us Your Feedback!

How have the programs and publications of the Vegetable and Fruit teams at UMass influenced your farm, and other farms in Massachusetts and around the region?

The last time that we asked that question in a systematic way was in 2010 – four years ago! Now we are asking for your feedback once again. Please give us a few minutes of your time to help us evaluate the impact of our programs and to guide our directions for the future.  Your input also helps us to see how farms are changing across New England, and what new needs and concerns are emerging.

This information will assist us as we seek to fund new projects and continue our current programs. Most of our work is funded through external grants and other revenues which enable us to engage with growers directly through farm visits, consultations, and on-farm programs -- and make it possible to put out our Vegetable Notes newsletter free of charge! 

This survey will take about 15 minutes and is directed to all those who receive Vegetable Notes, Healthy Fruit or Berry Notes, or have participated in any of our fruit and vegetable programs.

Access the online survey here:

If you would prefer to complete the survey on paper, you may download a pdf document or email us at and we will send you a hard copy.

printable UMass Fruit & Vegetable Extension Survey

Your input is important and we very much appreciate your time!!

New England Produce Storage Survey

UMass Vegetable Extension and UMass Building Sciences are collaborating on research addressing produce storage in New England. Our first focus of study is to determine what kinds of storage facilities currently exist. To gather this information we have written a survey that will allow us to achieve two goals. 

1. Determine what storage facilities and storage methods are currently prevalent. With this information we will be able to see what positive and negative trends exist and how these trends may be improved and grown upon. 

2. Offer an energy audit of each respondent’s storage. The information gathered will allow for an energy report of the storage and measure its efficiency and estimated cost of operation. From this information, the respondents will be able to determine what viable steps may be taken to improve their produce storage facilities. 

The survey is available now by following the web link posted here: UMass Vegetable Extension Food Storage Survey. The survey should take about twenty minutes to complete.