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Fruit and Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri
Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

Update

Posted by Mike Roegge - Articles

  1. 4" bare soil temps
  2. Monmouth 82
  3. Perry 80
  4. Growing Degree Days (base 50 degrees) since April 1
  5. Monmouth 2635 Average (11 year): 2494
  6. Perry 2860 Average (11 year): 2666
  1. Now is the time to begin seeding fall/winter crops for both high tunnels and outdoor production. Succession planting is essential with these crops as these are all pick once. There won't be enough sunlight nor heat to allow multiple harvests until March. There are several online spreadsheets to help you determine plant/transplant date. Johnny's Select Seeds is widely accepted. http://www.johnnyseeds.com/t-online-tools-calculators.aspx There are others as well.
  2. Continue to watch for downy mildew of cucurbit crops. Several from across the state have had confirmed diagnosis. Likewise monitor for insects (chiefly cucumber beetles and squash bugs) in pumpkin crops. Both can cause considerable injury if not treated. See the past two issues of the IL Fruit and Vegetable News. http://ipm.illinois.edu/ifvn/contents.php

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