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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly update 9-7-2012

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

  1. 4 inch soil temp: 71.3 F
  2. Growing Degree Days since April 1: 2012 = 3289.0 GDD Average** = 2643.0 GDD
  3. Small fruit crops and water supply-Water is essential for many of the small fruit crops this time of year, as they are now or will soon be setting fruit buds for next years' harvest. A lack of water at this time can be very detrimental, not only for survival but for nest years' crop. Strawberries, brambles, and other perennial fruit crops need one inch of rain per week and more as temperatures increase. (Mike Roegge, U of I)
  4. Most pumpkin insect problems subside in September and early October prior to pumpkin harvest, but squash bugs, cucumber beetles and corn rootworm beetles, and aphids may persist and warrant control. Spotted cucumber beetles, striped cucumber beetles, and western corn rootworm beetles also feed directly on fruits, scarring the surface, making the frit unmarketable. Their feeding sites also provide entry for fruit-rotting pathogens. For control measures visit the Midwest Vegetable Production Guide at http://www.btny.purdue.edu/pubs/id/id-56/ID-56.pdf . ( Dr. Rick Weinzierl, U of I)
  5. Growing Garlic For Market webinar. If you were unable to attend Wednesday night's program, follow this link and watch the session at any time:

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hkmw/localfoods.html and click on the Growing For Market Link on the page.



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