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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

fruit and vegetable weekly update 10-3-2014

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

  1. 4 inch soil temp: 56.7 degrees F
  2. Growing Degree Days (GDD):2014 = 3056.5 GDD Average** = 2973.0 GDD
  3. Garlic. When to plant garlic is a complicated matter. The idea is to get enough growth to establish a good root system but not so much that sensitive top growth is developed. I know a number of growers use Halloween as the date of choice. We did witness the resilience of garlic this past year as much went in the ground late and still produced a good crop. Use best judgment and maybe consider split planting dates. Some early and some later.
  4. No frost yet. I still see peppers coming out of the field in good shape. Fall crops look good as well. Hakueri turnips and a popular crop this fall. Spinach and kale are loving this weather and we should have a good harvest of each of those. Spinach harvested on Thanksgiving morning is a unique culinary experience. Tastes like candy!
  5. Don't miss the highly popular Small Farm Winter Webinar Series in July. Click here for more details. We have another great lineup of speakers and topics. Also, put the Illinois Specialty Crops Conference on your to-do list. Click here for details.

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