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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 8-16-2014

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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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 9:18AM on 8/18/2014
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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 9-4-2014

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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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 9:51AM on 8/4/2014
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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 7-28-2014

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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Posted by Kyle Cecil at 9:07AM on 7/29/2014
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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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