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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

fruit and vegetable weekly update 9-20-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -
4 inch soil temp: 66.5 degrees F. Growing Degree Days (GDD) Since April 1, 2014 = 2895.0 GDD Average** = 2869.0 GDD Cover crop decisions. I've spoken with several growers regarding what cover crop to use this Fall. The answer to this question is based on what you want to achieve. Are you wanting to build organic matte...

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fruit and vegetable weekly update 8-1-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -
4 inch soil temp 79.2 degrees F. This is still rather warm for many seeds to germinate. You may need to assist with the process. Growing Degree Days (GDD):2014 = 2628.0 GDD Average** = 2528.0 GDD Tomatoes. There are a great deal of "issues" surfacing in our tomato crop given the recent rains and high humidity. The potential list of diseases is extensive, so I wanted t...

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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 8-16-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -
4 inch soil temp 70.3 degrees F Growing Degree Days (GDD) since April 1,2014 = 2223.5 GDD Average = 2202.0 GDD " My tomatoes are still green!" So goes the most common complaint I am hearing right now regarding field tomatoes. What is needed is more sun, heat and patience. We had set a daily record cool temperature last month (July 2) of 69 degrees. This trend has cont...

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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 9-4-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -
4 inch soil temp : 72.7 degrees F Growing Degree Days (GDD)since April 1,2014 = 1935.0 GDD Average** = 1874.0 GDD Now is the time to be ready for planting fall and winter crops. For a good overview of this strategy, watch this YouTube video from U of I Extension...

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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 7-28-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -
4 inch soil temp : 67.9 degrees F Growing Degree Days (GDD) since April 1,2014 = 1828.5 GDD Average** = 1754.5 GDD Vine declines of squash (from Dr. Rick Foster, PURDUE Univ.). Possible reasons why squash plants might wilt, decline and die include; Bacterial wilt, caused by a bacterium that is vectored by either the st...

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weekly fruit and vegetable update 7-21-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -
4inch soil temp 69.3 degrees F Growing Degree Days (GDD) Since April 1, 2014 = 1641.5 GDD Average = 1535.0 GDD Late season weed control in storage onions. Several onion herbicides have 45-day preharvest intervals (PHI). A select few have 60 day PHI. Read the label carefully regarding the safe use of the weed control products....

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weekly fruit and vegetable update 7-14-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -
4 inch soil temp: 72.5F. Soil temps are warm enough at this time of year that you would most likely see no germination from the cooler season crops such as spinach, parsley and almost all the lettuce varieties. However, we will soon be approaching the beginning of the seeding window for our fall and winter crops. Growing Degree Days (GDD) Since...

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