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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

Weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 8-19-2013

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

1.4 inch soil temp: 71.5 degrees

2.Growing Degree Days(GDD):2013 = 2161.5 GDD Average** = 2247.0 GDD

3.Investigating growing problems. When trying to figure out a production issue, you want to know if the problem is a result of a living (biotic) or nonliving (abiotic) factor. Usually biotic diseases spread throughout the plant and from plant to plant as the pathogen reproduces and attacks new tissue. Abiotic problems tend not to spread this way. Considering these facts help you toward an accurate diagnosis of the problem.

4.In my travels this last week, I spoke with several growers. Sales are beginning to slow a bit for farmers market vendors. Most say this is typical as school starts. A major focus is on the fall crops and anything associated with the agritainment industry such as corn mazes, u-pick pumpkins and the like. Storage crops including potatoes, onions, shallots and garlic are harvested. Colorado potato beetle did its best to destroy the potato crop but did not succeed. CSA growers are seeding and/or transplanting their fall and winter crops.

5.Which fall crops should I direct seed and which should I transplant? Michigan State University has suggestions for how these plants should be established. See above: DS (direct seed) TP (transplant)

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