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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 6-09-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

1. 4 inch 10 am soil temp: 64.5 degrees F.

2. Growing Degree Days (GDD) since April 1,2014 = 731.0 GDD  Average = 554.5 GDD

3. Garlic scapes need attention. Garlic scapes begin to develop in midsummer. Remove the scapes when they begin to curl so that the plant focuses most of its energy into bulb production.  Failure to remove the scape results in a loss of weight to the harvested bulb of up to 30%.  Be sure and offer the cut scapes for sale at the markets or through your CSA.  The can be used in stir fries for a nice garlic flavor addition.

4. Look close at the plant leaves. Hydrosis (water-soaking)  is most commonly associated with bacterial plant diseases.  Hydrosis occurs as plant cellular contents are released (by the processes of infection) into the intercellular spaces.  Water-soaked plant tissue may be tested for bacterial streaming to confirm the presence of bacteria in the tissue.  We have seen this as an issue this year on several farms.

5. Spider Mites. Spider mites are tiny and difficult to see with the naked eye on the plant. A convenient detection technique is to hold a sheet of white paper under a branch and then shake or tap the branch against the paper. The mites, if present, will show up as tiny, slow- moving specks on the paper.  Insecticidal soaps are called for.  Thorough spraying, especially to the undersides of leaves is important for control.

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