The Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group applies for funding through the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center to tackle projects with a regional bearing. See relevant documentation below.
Projects to date
2020 - Young Growers Exchange Part 2 to Ontario
Canceled due to COVID-19 and shooting for 2021 if possible.
2019 - Young Growers Exchange
Held in July in Michigan to bring together growers and extension people who are early in their career to network and learn about IPM and soil health techniques in West Michigan.
2018 - Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers
The Group, with help from a private programmer, began to move information from the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers into a Content Management System for interactive web queries of IPM information.
2015 - Great Lakes Vegetable Identification & Management App, continued
The Group continued with smartphone app development by taking on cucurbit pests for the app.
2014 - Great Lakes Vegetable Identification & Management App
The Group, in collaboration with Bugwood.org, made a smart phone app to provide imagery and descriptions of pests in vegetables. They started with a deep dive into sweet corn pests and designed the app, called Great Lakes Vegetables Identification & Management. It is available for Apple and Android.
2013 - Good Bugs+ App
2012 - Vegetable Production Guide Preliminary conversion to PDF, IBA and iBook
The Group began to tinker with ideas to convert information from the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers into portable digital formats.
2011 - Natural Enemies of Vegetable Crops Video and Workshops
The Group developed curriculum for identifying natural enemies of vegetable pests and performed it at the Great Lakes EXPO in 2011 and 2012, as well as other venues. They made a factsheet, recorded a video.
2010 - Season Extension Pest Management Webinar Series
The Group, in partnership with the University of Illinois Extension and the Sustainable Ag Research and Education program, organized a Season Extension Pest Management webinar series. The webinars were 1-2 hours long and intended for growers, educators, and NRCS staff. There were 192 registrations from 26 states and four Provinces who attended one of 21 different webinar locations or from their home computers. Ten of the twelve speakers were from the working group.
2009 - Heirloom Tomato Multi-Site Demonstration Trial
The Group coordinated an Heirloom Tomato Evaluation Demonstration trial at 16 locations around the region. The goals of this demonstration were to determine how a variety performs with respect to insect and disease pressure from the northern to southern range of the region. Preliminary yield and fruit quality data were also taken for each variety. Along with this information, sensory data such as cosmetic appeal and taste preference was collected for each of the ten varieties. Photographs of the plants and fruit, both whole and sliced, were taken. This data was then collated into a single publication available for growers to use in terms of selecting varieties that are likely to be successful in their market location. All reports can be found in the Midwest Vegetable Variety Trial Report archive
2008 - Sweet Corn Pest Identification and Management pocket guide
The Group developed a pocket guide to sweet corn pests.
2008 - Midwest and Ontario, Canada Processing Tomato IPM Survey Results Poster
The Group performed a needs assessment for tomatoes that was similar to the one conducted for cucurbits. The results were displayed as a poster.
2008 - Sweet corn IPM Workshop for Great Lakes Expo & DVD
For a second year, the Group developed an IPM workshop for the 2008 Great Lakes Fruit and Vegetable Exposition in Michigan. The 2008 workshop was focused on sweet corn. Members of the GLVWG gave six of the nine presentations. In addition to the live presentations, we created 1,000 DVD’s and an online version of the sweet corn IPM workshop presentations to be distributed free to growers and IPM Coordinators around the region.
2007 - Cucurbit IPM Program Development for Great Lakes Expo & DVD
The Group developed a Cucurbit IPM program at the 2007 Great Lakes Expo in Michigan. Although not focusing exclusively on pumpkin, this program stemmed from the steady focus we had within the WG on cucurbits in addition to the region wide pumpkin IPM survey which identified additional IPM training as a high priority. The program was designed initially as a set of 4 disciplines (weed science, pathology, entomology, etc) each containing 1.5 hours of programming.
2007 - Regional Cucurbit IPM Survey Results Poster
Results from initial IPM surveys were presented as a poster at the Entomological Society of America annual meeting by Jim Jasinski.
2006 - Corn Earworm Monitoring and Resistance Network
Members of the Group assisted in monitoring CEW in support of the NC IPM Center funded project. The goals of this project were to track migrating flights of adults into the midwest for both timing and treatment recommendations as well as resistance testing. Updates of this project were made by Bill Hutchison via the VegEdge newsletter.
2005 - IPM Surveys & Committee Formation
A Project Committee composed 12 university specialists plus 5 additional stakeholders (growers & industry representatives) met October 27th-28th, 2005 in Chesterton, IN to create 14 vegetable IPM adoption surveys which were distributed electronically on Surveymonkey.com beginning January, 2006 through May, 2007.