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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

Weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 8-5-2013

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

1.4 inch soil tempat Monmouth: 69. F

2.Growing Degree Days(GDD):2013 = 1890.0 GDD Average** = 1897.5 GDD

3.Spotted Wind Drosophila(SWD) present in this area. Chris Enroth, Extension Horticulture educator, caught a male SWD late last week in his traps. This is not a surprise to us, we expected to catch them. However, it does signal that we must be diligent in observing for the pest. The highest risk fruits include raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries, nectarines and blueberries. At moderate risk are peaches, grapes, pears, apples and tomatoes. For more information about Spotted Wing Drosophila and constructing monitoring traps, a Michigan State University web site devoted to it. is available.

4.Prime-Ark Freedom, a new variety developed by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, is the world's first thornless primocane-fruiting blackberry. Most blackberries only bear fruit on second-season canes, known as floricanes. This unique type of blackberry fruits on current-season canes and second-season canes, potentially providing for two cropping seasons. Click here for more info.

5.Curing garlic.Place the garlic, with tops intact, in a dry location with good ventilation to cure for several weeks. Once the garlic is dry, cut the tops down to about 1 inch in length, trim the roots, and gently rub to clean them. Do not wash them.

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