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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly update 7-20-2012

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

  1. 4 inch soil temp 86.3 degrees F
  2. Growing Degree Days since April 1: 2069.0 GDD Average** = 1510.5 GDD
  3. Tree fruits: When fruit develop in a drier conditions as is the case this year, the skin and outer layers of the fruit can lose some of its elasticity. This is usually not too much of a problem unless we get a fair amount of rain right before harvest. If this happens, expect to see a lot of fruit cracking.
  4. Small fruits: Small fruit crops are generally shallow rooted, thus are sensitive to drought conditions. In order to maintain health and assure a good crop for next season, they need about 1 inch of water each week through rainfall or irrigation.
  5. Thoughts on fall crops. It's time to be seriously thinking about getting plans for fall crops in order. The dilemma right now is when to plant the direct seeded crops and how soon to start transplants. The extreme heat (soil temps) and lack of rain make this a difficult decision. Most producers I work with have elected to go with (begin) the transplant route. You have a little more control over "the elements' but plants will eventually get leggy if they don't get in the ground. What are your approaches this year?

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