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Vegetable Gardening in the Midwest Plains

The Midwest Plains, also called the Corn Belt, include Eastern Nebraska and Kansas, Iowa, Northern Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Western Ohio. Larger cities include Lincoln and Omaha Nebraska, Topeka and Kansas City, Kansas, Des Moines, Iowa, Saint Louis and Jefferson City Missouri, Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Midwest Plains Gardening Information

Ohio Planting Dates (Click a location for planting dates for that area.)

Iowa Planting and Harvesting Dates

Missouri Recommended Vegetable Varieties and Planting Dates Find your county on the map to see if you are North, Central, or South, then click Table 2 in the left column for information for your area.

Illinois Planting Dates

Best Tomato Varieties for the Midwest

Tomato Foliage, Stem & Root Problems (Missouri Botanical Garden)

University of Missouri Extension Publications

Organic Gardening TechniquesManaging Soil Organic Matter for Sustainable Agriculture

Organic Crop Production

Cover Crops

Organic Fertilizers

Midwest Plains Organic Gardening & Farming Associations

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) 

Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association

Indiana Organic Gardeners Association 

Iowa Organic Association 

Kansas Organic Producers Association 

Missouri Organic Association 

Other Educational Resources

Great Plains Growers Conference - Presentations by knowledgeable speakers from throughout the nation. The conference showcases educational information for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota with vegetable specialists and growers from those states.