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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 6-1-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

1. 4 inch soil temp: 73.1 degrees F

2. Growing Degree Days (GDD) since April 1,2014 = 554.0 GDD  Average** = 411.5 GDD

3. Potatoes- a few flower buds are showing on ‘Kennebec.’  Make sure to be scouting potatoes for Colorado potato beetles. Click here for control recommendations.

4. From Dr. Rick Weinzierl- We started operating our corn earworm traps at Urbana on May 19 and have caught corn earworm moths most nights since then (as many as 25 per night on a couple of occasions). I encourage sweet corn growers and high-tunnel tomato growers to set up and use traps as soon as corn is silking or tomatoes are setting fruit – which has been going on for a several days now. Until corn fields in your area begin to silk, corn earworm moths will be especially attracted to tomatoes. Several insecticides are effective against corn earworm and labeled on tomatoes ... see the Click here link above for control options.

5. Tensiometers are instruments that are used to measure the energy status (or potential) of soil water. That measurement is a very useful one because it is directly related to the ability of plants to extract water from soil. Irrigators often use tensiometers for irrigation scheduling because they provide direct measurements of soil moisture status and they are easily managed. I can’t stress enough how useful these tools are.

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