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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly fruit and vegetable update 7-21-2014

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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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 9:32AM on 7/21/2014
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weekly fruit and vegetable update 7-14-2014

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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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 1:36PM on 7/14/2014
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weekly fruit and vegetable update 7-7-2014

4 inch soil temp : 67.1 degrees F Growing Degree Days (GDD ) Since April 1,2014 = 1346.5 GDD Average** = 1192.0 GDD Sweet corn, cabbage, summer squash, and cucumber harvesting is ongoing on at many farms. Tomato, pepper, and muskmelon harvesting will commence this week in the region. Insect pest pressure is building up in vegeta...

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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 2:20PM on 7/7/2014
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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 6-23-2014

4 inch soil temp: 73.3 degrees F Growing Degree Days (GDD) Since April 1,2014 = 1009.5 GDD Average** = 830.5 GDD Sweet corn growers with sweet corn soon approaching silking should have their corn earworm traps in place or be monitoring. See the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for choices of insecticide for con...

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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 8:31AM on 6/24/2014
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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 6-16-2014

1. 4 inch soil temp : 63.6 degrees F 2. Growing Degree Days (GDD) Since April 1,2014 = 843.5 GDD  Average** = 697.5 GDD 3. Here is a useful video on Youtube from the University of Vermont regarding the usefulness of triple-rinsing leafy greens.  Well worth the time to watch....

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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 9:58AM on 6/16/2014
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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 6-09-2014

1. 4 inch 10 am soil temp : 64.5 degrees F. 2. Growing Degree Days (GDD) since April 1,2014 = 731.0 GDD  Average = 554.5 GDD 3. Garlic scapes need attention . Garlic scapes begin to develop in midsummer. Remove the scapes when they begin to curl so that the plant focuses most of its energy into bulb production.  Failure to re...

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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 10:58AM on 6/9/2014
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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 6-1-2014

1. 4 inch soil temp : 73.1 degrees F 2. Growing Degree Days (GDD) since April 1,2014 = 554.0 GDD  Average** = 411.5 GDD 3. Potatoes - a few flower buds are showing on ‘Kennebec.’  Make sure to be scouting potatoes for Colorado potato beetles. Click here for control r...

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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 9:08AM on 6/2/2014
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