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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 4-21-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

1. 4 inch soil temp : 50.2 degrees F 2. Growing Degree Days (GDD):Since April 1,2014 = 53.0 GDD   Average** = 11.5 GDD 3. Purdue specialists have found claybacked cutworm on tomato plants in high tunnels.  On Wednesday, one of the plants was cut off at soil level.  It is important to note that the cutworm, identified by John Ober...

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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 4-14-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

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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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 4-7-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

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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weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 4-1-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

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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