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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly update 6-22-2012

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

  1. 4 inch soil temp: 80.2 degrees F
  2. Growing Degree Days since April 1: 1220 GDD
  3. Adult Japanese beetles have been documented to feed on the foliage, flowers and fruits of more than 300 different plants. Their top favorites are grape, cherry, apple, rose, raspberry and linden. A link to a list of the Japanese beetle's most- and least-favored woody plants can be found at the following website: www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2010/7-14/japanesebeetle.html.
  4. Tomato varieties vary in their sensitivity to temperature and this will influence pollination and fruit set. Under marginal conditions fruit may set without adequate pollination but the internal fruit segments will contain few seeds and the tomato will be flat sided and puffy. Irregular pollination can also cause the fruit disorder known as catface. Fruit setting is reduced when temperatures fall below 50°F or rise above 80°F.
  5. Garlic harvest is beginning. Different varieties of garlic mature at different rates. In deciding when to harvest, take a look at the leaves at the base of the plant. If 3 or more of the leaves from the bottom are brown and dry the garlic is probably ready. Do not harvest too early or leave garlic in the ground too long or the cloves will not store well.



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