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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 6-16-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

1. 4 inch soil temp: 63.6 degrees F

2. Growing Degree Days (GDD) Since April 1,2014 = 843.5 GDD  Average** = 697.5 GDD

3. Here is a useful video on Youtube from the University of Vermont regarding the usefulness of triple-rinsing leafy greens.  Well worth the time to watch.

4. Leaf curling in vegetables plants. There can be many causes for leaves to curl on our vegetable plants.  I get a great deal of inquiry from growers concerned that they have experienced an off-target movement of a pesticide.  This can be one of the potential causes.  Also consider, however, these symptoms can be caused by; nutrient deficiencies, excess soil moisture and high temperatures as well as cultivar specific characteristics.  A good vegetable grower is a good detective as well.  Determining the cause of disorders is a complicated task.

5. Tipburn is a physiological disorder that can occasionally occur on lettuce. It is related to calcium nutrition. I have seen a number of cases which we suspect is tipburn.  Proper soil pH and watering will help avoid this problem.

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