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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 3-24-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

1. 4 inch soil temp:  30.3 F.  A reminder-I will begin reporting Growing Degree Day (GDD) accumulations with next week’s report.

2. Transplant cell tray size.  Research from Michigan State University indicates that producers wanting to save money by growing transplants in smaller-celled trays should not use small cell sizes for those plantings planned for early harvest, but they could use small cell sizes for mid- and late-season plantings.  The difference in the plant size and yield at maturity was not significant, but the early growth and therefore earlier harvest was evident.

3. Sanitation and transplant trays.  A reminder that a 10% bleach solution should be used on all trays prior to starting any transplants.  Diseases, including damping off, can be present on debris.

4. A recent visit to a grower experiencing uneven growth in his newly started plants showed the culprit to be inconsistent irrigation due to uneven benches on which the trays rested.  Everyone might want to do  a quick “level” check on your benches, I did.

5. Asparagus harvest is (hopefully) approaching soon.  Harvest by snapping the spear.  Snapping will break the spear cleanly at a tender point. Cutting with a knife is generally not recommended because it may spread diseases from plant to plant.  An added benefit of snapping the spear is that the entire spear is edible.  Those purchasing the spear will not need to trim any inedible portion off.



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