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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.
Cabbage looper

Weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 10-07-2013

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

1.4 inch soil temp: 52.6F

2.Growing Degree Days(GDD) since April 1,2013 = 3100.0 GDD Average** = 2992.5 GDD

3.High tunnels + fall crops = a great place for cabbage loopers and imported cabbageworm. Just a reminder ... Bt is not very effective against loopers after the 1st or 2nd instar (stage). Bt works fine against any stage of imported cabbageworm (the fuzzy green ones) but not older loopers. See picture. For more control measures click here. ( Thank you to Dr. Rick Weinzierl, U of I)

4.Saving seed is popular among many growers, especially those of heirloom varieties. In some cases, saving seed yourself is the only way to continue propagation of some lines since larger seed companies do not produce it. If you are a seed saver, please visit this U of I website on proper steps for successful seed saving to minimize seed borne disease transmission.

5.Winter webinar series. Register early. The highly popular small farm winter webinar series will again bring a plethora of speakers and topics on small farm production of fruits, vegetables and livestock. Sign up early and get the dates on your calendar. To register, click here.


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