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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

Weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 9-30-2013

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

1.4 inch soil temp: 56.7F

2.Growing Degree Days(GDD) since April 1,:2013 = 2992.0 GDD Average** = 2941.0 GDD

3.Field heat can accelerate the rate of respiration and with it the rate of quality loss of fruits and vegetables. Proper cooling protects quality and extends both the sensory (taste) and nutritional shelf life of produce. The capacity to cool and store produce gives the grower greater market flexibility. Click here for a useful technical bulletin from the University of California on this topic.

4.Rye-a common question that I am asked: Because cereal rye produces several compounds in its plant tissues and releases root exudates that apparently inhibit germination and growth of weed seeds, will it inhibit the germination of subsequent crops? Answer; allelopathic compounds may suppress germination of small-seeded vegetable crops as well if they are planted shortly after the incorporation of cereal rye residue. Large-seeded crops and transplants rarely are affected.

5.Improve your pollinator habitat.Bees eat only pollen and nectar. In the process of gathering these resources, they move pollen from one flower to another, and thus pollinate your crops. Bees rely on an abundance and variety of flowers and need blooming plants throughout the growing season. Native plant species are particularly valuable. - See more here.

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