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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly update 9-14-2012

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

  1. Growing Degree Days since April 1. 2012 = 3365.0 GDD Average** = 2760.5 GDD
  2. 4 inch soil temp: 59.2 F
  3. IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT- Spotted Wing Drosophila has been confirmed in several locations in Illinois. Why be concerned? Unlike its cousin fruit flies that infect only ripened small fruits, the Spotted Wing Drosophila infects immature fruit thereby rendering it unmarketable. This is a significant change in how we have approach small fruit IPM. Much more info will be forthcoming throughout the winter.

****Please note: If you still have raspberries growing, can we install a survey trap to try to catch a few specimens of this pest and confirm its presence here? Contact me if so.

  1. Post harvest handling of produce. Pumpkin growers-handle with care! Pumpkins are highly susceptible to bruising and will quickly deteriorate in quality if mishandled, making them unmarketable. We, Extension, will be providing a number of opportunities this coming year to fine-tune your approach to harvest handling.
  2. High tunnel producers. Are your row covers ready to go? These are valuable and necessary tools for high tunnel fall and winter production. Most fall crops have been seeded and doing extremely well given the moderation in temperature.

The next Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Online Produce Safety Course will be offered beginning October 17, 2012 and ending November 6, 2012. To register for the course, please visit . A minimum of 10 people must be registered for us to offer the course and class size is limited to 25 people. The course price is now $190 due to the expiration of prior grant funding.

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