Cole Crops Integrated Pest Management (E3231)
Michigan’s economically important cole crops include cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Cole crop integrated pest management (IPM) starts with crop rotation, cultivar selection and proper transplant production.
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Cole crops belong to the mustard family, or Brassicaceae. Michigan’s economically important cole crops include cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Cole crops grown on smaller acreages include Brussels sprouts, turnips, rutabaga, kale, mustard greens and many other types of greens. Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are all the same species, Brassica oleraceae, and have been selected for different economic traits. For example, broccoli and cauliflower are flower mutants, while cabbage and Brussels sprouts are stem mutants. In Michigan, cole crops are grown for fresh and processing markets, while some mustards are planted as cover crops.