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Alternative for farmers with severe SCN

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) is best known as a vegetable crop in the southern region of the United States.  However, current research shows okra's potential as an alternative to soybeans in areas where the soybean cyst nematode (SCN) severely reduces yields.  The market for okra could be similar to soybeans, and okra could be grown using the same planting and harvesting equipment. 


Okra is a warm-season annual reaching up to 6 feet in height.  It is a member of the Malvaceae family, along with cotton and hibiscus, and the flowers and leaves resemble those of its relatives.   Flowers occur in July through September with the pods produced growing rapidly, and the seed dehisces when mature.  There are many commercial varieties currently available for vegetable production.    

Research Projects

bullet2004 Variety Trials
bullet2003 Yield Trials
bulletOrganic trials at WIU Allison Farm in 2004 - WIU will be cooperating with a local producer who received a SARE Producer Grant for organic okra production.


bulletMike Vincent - area farmer

Related Links


Okra Articles

bullet Our Vegetable Travelers - Okra  by Victor P. Boswell, 1949
bulletInsect Pollination of Cultivated Crop Plants, Chapter 6: Common Vegetables for Seed and Fruit by S.E. McGregor, USDA, 1976

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