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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly update 4-27-2012

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

4 inch soil temp 58.3? Growing Degree Days ( GDD ) Since April 1: 2012 = 188.0 GDD As hive populations build up, some bee colonies increase their numbers very quickly and some individual hives may become overcrowded. These overcrowded conditions can stimulate a phenomenon called "swarming". Honey bees, that are in a swarm, are not aggre...

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weekly Update 4-20-12

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

4 inch soil temp ; 58.6 degrees Growing degree days since April 1: 154.5 GDD Black cutworm moth migration from the south has been significant in several areas of Illinois already this spring. Pay close attention to your sweet corn plantings. Signs of infestations include "clipped" seedlings. How do I...

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weekly Update 4-13-12

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

10am 4 inch soil temp: 47.1 F Growing Degree Days (GDD): Since April 1. 83.5 GDD Twenty-seven degrees Wed. night. Sensitive plants were looking tough next morning. More cold hardy vegetable crops seemed to survive unscathed. Most were transplants with row covers actively used this last week. Colder temperatures (26-31 degrees...

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Weekly Update 04-06-12

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

Growing Degree Days (GDD): Since April 1, 2012 = 69.5 GDD Soil temp @ 4 inches on Wednesday April 4=53.8 F 3. Notes on Critical Freezing Temperatures for Tree Fruits . Let's hope that we don't need to consult it, but the chart in the hyperlink below presents estimates of the effects of cold tempe...

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Weekly Update 3-30-12

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

3-30-12 10am Soil Temperature 4 inch Bare at Monmouth 52.4 F Growing Degree Days -Base 50 degrees, Since Jan 1............... 310Degree Days Early season vegetable pests. Two very useful resources are available for identifying and learning more about early season pests. This link:...

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Weekly Update 3-20-12

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

3-20-12 Welcome to the first Weekly Fruit and Vegetable Crop Update for 2012. You will receive these updates on Friday of each week through the growing season. For more information on any item you read, please contact me. Here's to a safe and productive 2012 for all of you! 1. Soil Temperature 4 inch Sod Monmouth Research Station 56.0 F...

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