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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly fruit and vegetable update 7-14-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

  1. 4 inch soil temp:72.5F. Soil temps are warm enough at this time of year that you would most likely see no germination from the cooler season crops such as spinach, parsley and almost all the lettuce varieties. However, we will soon be approaching the beginning of the seeding window for our fall and winter crops.
  2. Growing Degree Days (GDD) Since April 1,2014 = 1518.5 GDD Average** = 1363.5 GDD
  3. Strawberries. The season is basically over for strawberries. Fruit buds for next year are produced in late summer and early fall. Keep the plants healthy and renovate as soon as possible. Irrigate if necessary to allows plants to thrive.
  4. Irrigation. Most horticultural crops are 80-90% water by weight. The need for consistent quality irrigation cannot be stressed enough. This is especially true with tomato fruit. Fruit can suffer from cracking when it is not adequately watered and then experiences a significant water uptake (through rainfall). Prevention is the key. Be diligent as possible regarding the irrigation regime on your farm.
  5. Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) have been captured consistently in Illinois as of the first of this month. Small fruit growers should be on the loo-out for this pest. The difference between SWD and the common fruit fly is that the pest will attack immature fruit thereby causing crop loss much sooner. If you have questions regarding this pest, give us a call.

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