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Monday, June 1, 2015
As you saw last week, Kyle Cecil has left Extension for "greener pastures" and asked if I could carry on the tradition he began with this weekly update.
1-Monmouth Growing degree days (base 50) since April 1- 704
Perry Growing degree days since (base 50) since April 1- 771
2- Monmouth 4" bare soil temperature- 56.7
Perry 4" bare soil temperature- 61.4
3- Worms in cole crops- I've started noticing white moths flying around the cole crops this weekend. There are several different "worms" that can cause problems for members of this family. See Rick Weinzierl's comments:
4- June drop of peaches- Peaches in our area are loaded with fruit this year. Most likely due to no crop load last year. I noticed yesterday that some of the early peach maturities are entering "June drop", at which time the peach fruit are less strongly attached to the tree. It's a great time to begin thinning the fruit. Shaking the branches yesterday caused about half the fruit to drop, making the thinning chore much easier.
5- Corn earworm pressure- Rick Weinzierl and Nathan Johanning mentioned in the last newsletter about CEW infesting strawberry fruit. This is a phenomena we've never experienced before, so though it was worth a mention. http://ipm.illinois.edu/ifvn/contents.php?id=62