Midwest Vegetable Trial Reports

Practical trial results to inform farmer decisions.

The Midwest Vegetable Trial Report series includes reports of applied research relevant to vegetable and melon production in the midwestern U.S. The purpose of the series is to publish results in a timely manner, and to document annual results of research projects.

Reports may be submitted at any time. An annual call for papers with instructions is distributed in the Fall and available on this site under ‘Submission Guidelines.’ Submissions are reviewed by a series co-editor for clarity; and revision may be requested before acceptance.

Video presentations of selected reports are available at the Midwest Vegetable Variety Trial Reports playlist on the Purdue Extension youtube channel.

This series continues the Midwest Vegetable [Variety] Trial Report bulletin, previously published by Purdue Extension or Purdue Ag Research Programs in hard copy and electronic formats. Reports previously published in that bulletin are duplicated here.

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Submissions from 2021

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2021 Seedless Pickling Cucumber Variety Trial, Ben Phillips and Jessica Good

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2021 Cantaloupe Variety Evaluation in Indiana, Wenjing Guan, Dan Egel, Dennis Nowaskie, and Dean Haseman

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Performance of 16 Fresh Market and Eight Saladette Tomato Cultivars in Southwest Michigan in 2021, Ron G. Goldy

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Performance of Five Slicing Cucumbers in Southwest Michigan, Ron G. Goldy

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Pie/Decorative Pumpkin Cultivar Evaluation, Chris Smigell, John Strang, John Snyder, Emily Pfeufer, Bob Perry, and Emily DeWitt

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Evaluation of Bell Pepper Cultivars With and Without Resistance to Bacterial Leaf Spot and Phytophthora, West Central Minnesota, Nathan Dalman and Steve Poppe

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No-till Sweet Corn after Winter Rye Cover Crop, Northern Indiana, 2020, Elizabeth Maynard

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Chile Pepper Variety Evaluation at Four Sites across Minnesota and Wisconsin, 2020, Charlie Rohwer, Natalie Hoidal, Cala Farm, Agua Gorda Farm Cooperative, and Jarl's Produce

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Effects of Using Low Tunnel and Grafted Plants for Watermelon Production under Low Temperature Stress in Indiana, Wenjing Guan

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2021 Personal-size Triploid Watermelon Variety Evaluation in Indiana, Wenjing Guan, Dan Egel, Dennis Nowaskie, and Dean Haseman

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2021 Standard-size Triploid Watermelon Variety Evaluation in Indiana, Wenjing Guan, Dan Egel, Dennis Nowaskie, and Dean Haseman

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Colored Sweet Bell and Tapered Pepper Cultivar Evaluation for High Tunnel Production in West-Central Indiana, 2020, Petrus Langenhoven

Submissions from 2020

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No-till Pumpkin and Winter Squash after Winter Rye Cover Crop, Northern Indiana, 2020, Elizabeth Maynard

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2020 Seedless Pickling Cucumber Variety Trial, Ben Phillips and Hilda McShane

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Evaluation of 19 Specialty Pepper Cultivars In Southwest Michigan, Ron G. Goldy

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Performance of 20 Bell Pepper Cultivars In Southwest Michigan, Ron G. Goldy

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Response of Pepper and Tomato to Six Nitrogen Rates, Ron G. Goldy

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Yield of Eight Summer Squash Varieties in Southwest Michigan, Ron G. Goldy

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Pumpkin Cultivar Evaluation for Eastern Minnesota 2019, Annie Klodd and Rod Elmstrand

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Evaluation of ‘Mortgage Lifter’ Tomato for High Tunnel Production, Lewis Jett

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2019 Seedless Pickling Cucumber Variety Trial, Ben Phillips

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2019 Standard-size and Personal-size Triploid Watermelon Variety Evaluation in Indiana, Wenjing Guan, Dennis Nowaskie, Thomas D H Haseman, and Dan Egel

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Asparagus Cultivar Trial – Selinsgrove, PA, Carl Cantaluppi

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Evaluation of Transplant Root Length on Bell Pepper Yield and Quality, Ron G. Goldy and Kyle Ferrantella

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Performance of 18 Fresh Market and Eight Saladette Tomato Cultivars in Southwest Michigan in 2019, Ron G. Goldy and Kyle Ferrantella

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Response of Cucumber, Yellow Squash, and Zucchini to Six Nitrogen Rates, Ron G. Goldy and Kyle Ferrantella

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Fall Broccoli Production in High Tunnels, Wenjing Guan

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Summer Squash Variety Evaluation for Early-season Production in High Tunnels, Wenjing Guan

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2020 Cantaloupe Variety Evaluation in Southern Indiana, Wenjing Guan, Dan Egel, Dennis Nowaskie, and Thomas D H Haseman

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2020 Standard-size and Personal-size Triploid Watermelon Variety Evaluation in Indiana, Wenjing Guan, Dan Egel, Dennis Nowaskie, and Thomas D H Haseman

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Cantaloupe and Specialty Melon Variety Evaluation in Indiana, Wenjing Guan, Dennis Nowaskie, Petrus Langenhoven, and Daniel S. Egel

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2020 Pumpkin Variety Trial, Nathan R. Johanning

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Supersweet Sweet Corn Cultivar Evaluation for Northern Indiana, 2019, Elizabeth Maynard

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Missouri Novelty Melon Trial Results, James Quinn, Ramón Arancibia, and David Trinklein

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Spring Black Rot-Resistant Cabbage Cultivar Evaluation, Chris Smigell, John Strang, and John Snyder

Submissions from 2019

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Evaluation of Transplant Root Length on Bell Pepper Yield and Quality, Ron G. Goldy

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Performance of 10 Slicing Cucumbers in Southwest Michigan, Ron G. Goldy

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Performance of 18 Fresh Market and Eight Saladette Tomato Cultivars in Southwest Michigan in 2019, Ron G. Goldy

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Response of Cucumber, Yellow Squash, and Zucchini to Six Nitrogen Rates, Ron G. Goldy

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Spring Black Rot-Resistant Cabbage Cultivar Evaluation, Chris Smigell, John Strang, and John Snyder

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Supersweet Sweet Corn Cultivar Evaluation for Northern Indiana, 2019, Elizabeth Maynard

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2019 DSAC High Tunnel Pepper Variety Trial, Bronwyn Aly

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2019 High Tunnel Fresh Market Determinate Tomato Cultivar Trial for Southern Illinois, Bronwyn Aly

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Pumpkin Germplasm & Disease Resistance Evaluations, Brad R. Bergefurd, Sally Miller, Claudio Vrisman, Thomas Harker, Wayne Lewis, and Ryan Slaughter

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Evaluation of 18 Bell Pepper Cultivars In Southwest Michigan, Ron G. Goldy and Kyle Ferrantella

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Plant Spacing Influence on Sweet Corn Yield and Quality, Ron G. Goldy and Kyle Ferrantella

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Yield of Nine Summer Squash Varieties in Southwest Michigan, Ron G. Goldy and Kyle Ferrantella

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2018 Watermelon Variety Evaluation in Indiana, Wenjing Guan, Dan Egel, Dennis Nowaskie, and Curtis Marchino

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2018 Melon Variety Trial in Southwestern Indiana, Wenjing Guan, Dan Egel, Dennis Nowaskie, Curtis Marchino, Bhimu Patil, and Kevin Crosby

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Evaluation of Heritage Beans in West Virginia, Lewis Jett and Silas Childs

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Evaluating No-till Tomatoes within a High Tunnel in West Virginia, Lewis Jett and Brian Sparks

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Evaluating Specialty Italian Eggplants within High Tunnels, Lewis Jett and Cody Woodring

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2018 Pumpkin Variety Trial, Nathan R. Johanning

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Colored Sweet Bell and Tapered Pepper Cultivar Evaluation for High Tunnel Production in West-Central Indiana, 2019, Petrus Langenhoven

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Colored Sweet Pepper Cultivar Evaluation for High Tunnel Production in West-Central Indiana, 2018, Petrus Langenhoven

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Zucchini Cultivar Evaluation for Production in West-Central Indiana, 2018, Petrus Langenhoven

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Midwest Vegetable Trial Report for 2018, Elizabeth Maynard, Petrus Langenhoven, Wenjing Guan, and Brad R. Bergefurd

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2018 Mole Pepper Variety Trial, Ben Phillips

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2018 Seedless Pickling Cucumber Variety Trial, Ben Phillips

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Missouri Novelty Melon Trial Results, James Quinn, Ramón Arancibia, and David Trinklein

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High Tunnel Summer Squash and Zucchini Cultivar Trial, 2018, Rachel Rudolph and John Walsh

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sh2 Sweet Corn Variety Trial for Southeast Michigan, 2018, Marissa Schuh

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2018 Evaluation of Soil Blocks on 6 Tomato Varieties in Field and Hoophouse Production Systems, Marissa Schuh and Will Jaquinde

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Bell Pepper Cultivar Evaluation, Central Kentucky, 2018, Chris Smigell, John Strang, John Snyder, and Emily Pfeufer

Submissions from 2018

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Southern Illinois Ornamental Corn Variety Trial, 2016-2017, Bronwyn Aly and Nathan Johanning

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Pumpkin Cultivar Performance Trial Grown in Southern Ohio 2017, Brad R. Bergefurd

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Plant Spacing Influence on Sweet Corn Yield and Quality, Ron Goldy

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Slicing Cucumber Performance in Southwest Michigan, Ron Goldy and Kyle Farrantella

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Fresh Market and Saladette Tomato Cultivar Evaluation in Southwest Michigan, 2017, Ron Goldy and Kyle Ferrantella

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Russet Potato Evaluation in Southwest Michigan, Ron Goldy and Kyle Ferrantella

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Muskmelon Variety Trial in Southwest Indiana ̶ 2017, Wenjing Guan, Dan Egel, Dennis Nowaskie, and Alex Plummer

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Watermelon Variety Trials in Southwest Indiana ̶ 2017, Wenjing Guan, Dan Egel, Dennis Nowaskie, and Alex Plummer

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2016-17 Pumpkin Cultivar Evaluations in West Virginia, Lewis Jett

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Evaluation of Spinach for High Tunnel Production, Lewis Jett

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Evaluation of Yield and Flavor of Slicing Tomatoes, Lewis Jett

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Midwest Vegetable Trial Report for 2017, Elizabeth Maynard, Brad R. Bergefurd, Wenjing Guan, and Petrus Langenhoven

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Pumpkin Variety Performance With and Without Treatment for Powdery Mildew in Northern Indiana, 2017, Elizabeth Maynard and Erin A. Bluhm

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Sugar-enhanced and Synergistic Sweet Corn Cultivar Evaluation for Northern Indiana, 2017, Elizabeth Maynard and Erin A. Bluhm

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Supersweet Sweet Corn Cultivar Evaluation for Northern Indiana, 2017, Elizabeth Maynard and Erin A. Bluhm

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Tomato Cultivar Evaluation in High Tunnels, Northern Indiana, 2017, Elizabeth Maynard and Erin A. Bluhm

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2017 Evaluation of Determinate Tomato Varieties for High Tunnel Production in Kansas, Kimberly Oxley, David Loewen, and Cary L. Rivard

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2017 Evaluation of Hybrid Bell Pepper Varieties for High Tunnel Production in Kansas, Kimberly L. Oxley and Cary L. Rivard

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2017 Butternut Squash Variety Trial in Strip-Tilled Rye Mulch, Ben Phillips

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2017 Seedless Pickling Cucumber Variety Trial, Ben Phillips

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Bell Pepper Cultivar Evaluation, 2017, Chris Smigell, John Strang, and John Snyder

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Green Bean Variety Evaluation, 2017, John Strang, Chris Smigell, and John Snyder

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Pumpkin Fungicide and Cultivar Evaluation, 2017, John Strang, John Walsh, John Snyder, Emily Pfeufer, and Will Barlow