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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 4-7-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

1. Growing Degree Days (GDD):2014 = 0.0 GDD  Average = 0.0 GDD

2. 4 inch soil temp: 38.3 degree F

3. Have the iron level checked soon for addressing any iron issues associated with irrigation lines. Your test results can indicate what degree of plugging hazard you might have with your water source.  If the iron , in ppm, is less than .1, this suggests a slight hazard, .1-1.5ppm a moderate hazard and greater than 1.5ppm a severe hazard.  These issues can be addressed by installing the proper filtration system.  More information can be found here.

4. Transplant height. One way to keep plants from getting too leggy is to provide mechanical movements over the plants. You accomplish this by brushing over the tops twice daily with a pipe or wand made of soft or smooth material.  Some growers typically use small fans to stimulate the plants.

5. High tunnels.  I am often asked which is best-wider or longer tunnels?  You can get several perspectives on this.  Here is mine;  if you build wider you will facilitate a better environment for cool season production-less cold will get to the inside of the tunnel from the surround perimeter.  In addition, you can always make a tunnel longer by adding on.  This isn’t possible with width.

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