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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 3-16-2015

Posted by Kyle Cecil -
Hello everyone, I hope this message finds you well. This week will mark the start of the weekly fruit and vegetable crop update for 2015. You are receiving this message as a subscriber from last year. If you would like removed from the list, just send me a reply and I will do so. Best of luck to all of you for a successful 2015 growing season! Growing degree Days...

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fruit and vegetable weekly update 10-3-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -
4 inch soil temp : 56.7 degrees F Growing Degree Days (GDD ):2014 = 3056.5 GDD Average** = 2973.0 GDD Garlic. When to plant garlic is a complicated matter. The idea is to get enough growth to establish a good root system but not so much that sensitive top growth is developed. I know a number of growers use Halloween as...

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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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