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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly update 8-24-2012

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

4 inch soil temp : 72.7 degrees F Growing Degree Days Since April 1: 2898.5 GDD Average** = 2337.0 GDD Hot weather earlier has decreased pepper yield and quality. High temperatures cause peppers to drop their flowers without setting fruit. It also leads to an increase in the incidence of blossom end rot. At times, blos...

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weekly update 8-17-2012

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

4 inch soil temp : 71.1 F. Much more reasonable for getting our fall direct seeded crops to germinate. Growing Degree Days : 2779.0 GDD Average** = 2179.0 GDD Cover Crops -time to begin seeding some varieties and planning for others. The cover crops that will winter kill should be seeded very soon, such as oats in our ar...

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weekly update 8-10-2012

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

4 inch soil temp : 77.8 degrees F Growing Degree Days Since April 1: 2642.0 GDD Average** = 1991.5 GDD Cucumber harvest . Cucumbers are harvested immature in order to keep that crisp and juicy texture and to keep the seed coat from hardening. Squash and summer squash grow very quickly when the temperature is between 77...

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weekly update 8-3-2012

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

4 inch soil temp : 81.6 degrees F Growing Degree Days since April 1: 2485.5 GDD Average = 1850.5 GDD An important factor that affects produce quality is keeping the harvested fruit out of the sun . Fruits that have been kept in the sun for more than one hour soften quickly and do not keep long in storage. Exposure to th...

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