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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly update 8-3-2012

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

  1. 4 inch soil temp: 81.6 degrees F
  2. Growing Degree Days since April 1: 2485.5 GDD Average = 1850.5 GDD
  3. 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 the sun should be avoided as much as possible during and after harvest, as produce left out in the sun will gain heat and may become 7 to 11 °F warmer than air temperature. Night or early morning harvest is sometimes an option for harvesting produce when internal temperatures are relatively low, reducing the energy needed for subsequent cooling.
  4. Cucumber beetles and western corn rootworm beetles will be feeding on foliage and fruit for the next few weeks. The pyrethroids and Sevin XLR Plus are effective against these insects, but spray timing to reduce bee kills for these applications. (Rick Weinzierl, U of I)
  5. A reminder, the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide is available on-line at http://www.btny.purdue.edu/Pubs/ID/ID-56/. This is a very useful and extensive resource for the Midwest grower.


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