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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 4-14-2014

1. 4 inch soil temp : Sunday April 13: 56.0 degrees 2. Growing Degree Days (GDD):2014 = 22.5 GDD   (Finally!) 3. Soil pH affects the availability of nutrients to plants . In acid soils (pH is low) calcium and magnesium become more available to plants, whereas the micronutrients iron, aluminum and manganese become soluble and can r...

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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 10:54AM on 4/14/2014
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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 4-7-2014

1. Growing Degree Days (GDD):2014 = 0.0 GDD  Average = 0.0 GDD 2. 4 inch soil temp: 38.3 degree F 3. Have the iron level checked soon for addressing any iron issues associated with irrigation lines. Your test results can indicate what degree of plugging hazard you might have with your water source .  If the iron , in ppm, is less than .1, this su...

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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 10:11AM on 4/7/2014
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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 4-1-2014

1. 4 inch soil temp : 41 degrees F 2. Growing Degree Day accumulation since April 1st:  0 ) 3. A good rule of thumb is to begin transplant fertilization only after the first true leaf has expanded to 1/2 to 3/4 inches in length.  Plant height (leggy plants) is difficult to control with constant Nitrogen .  If you choose to fertil...

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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 10:38AM on 4/1/2014
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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 3-24-2014

1. 4 inch soil temp :  30.3 F.  A reminder-I will begin reporting Growing Degree Day (GDD) accumulations with next week’s report. 2. Transplant cell tray size .  Research from Michigan State University indicates that producers wanting to save money by growing transplants in smaller-celled trays should not use small cell sizes for those plantings p...

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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 9:34AM on 3/25/2014
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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 3-17-2014

1. 4 inch soil temp : 30.7 degrees F 2. Cold winter temps and tree fruits .  The potential to lose tree fruit crops due to low temperatures varies. The following is a general assessment: Highest potential to lose crop: Apricot and Sweet Cherry Moderate potential: Plum, Pear, Sour Cherry Least potential: Apple 3. Many seed have minimu...

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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 10:03AM on 3/17/2014
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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 3-10-2014

Hello everyone, I hope this message finds you all well.  This is the first weekly fruit and vegetable crop update for 2014.   1. 4 inch soil temp ( Monmouth): 28.6 degrees F. 2. Percentage of normal seedlings produced at cold temps .  Obviously, little to nothing is being direct seeded outdoors ( other than high tunnels).  For per...

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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 1:56PM on 3/10/2014
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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 10-25-2013

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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 11:40AM on 10/28/2013
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