Cole Crops

Michigan Cole Crop Industry Research Priorities

Updated 2015

Contact Information

Ben Phillips, 1 Tuscola St, Suite 100A, Saginaw, MI 48607,


Head rots

  • Cultural control strategies
  • Water management
  • Nutrient management
  • Variety evaluation

Black rot

  • Transplant and seedbed sanitation
  • Seed treatments
  • Variety evaluation


INSECTS AND NEMATODES                                                                                                    

Cabbage maggot

  • Cultural and chemical control strategies
  • Greenhouse control

Swede midge

  • Determining the presence of this new pest throughout the state
  • Organic control strategies
  • Variety evaluation


  • Cultural and chemical control strategies


  • Management of brassica-parasitic nematodes


OTHER PRODUCTION ISSUES                                                                                                

  • Nutrient management under drip-irrigated and non-irrigated conditions
  • Variety evaluation of self-blanching cauliflower
  • Cover crop rotations as non-hosts of swede midge
  • Copper usage techniques
  • Economic cost-of-production analyses