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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

weekly fruit and vegetable crop update 4-13-2020

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

  1. 4 inch soil temp: 58.1 F (as of Sunday)
  2. Growing Degree Days Since April 1: Actual total: 179 Average (11 year): 105
  3. Cool weather and crops: Crops: broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, onions, lettuce, peas, radish, spinach, turnips will grow with daytime temperatures as low as 40°F and may survive a frosty nip. Semi-hardy crops such as beets, carrots, cauliflower, parsley, parsnips, potatoes, and Swiss chard will grow with minimum daytime temperatures of 40°F to 50°F, but are less tolerant of a frosty night.
  4. Sweet corn is going in the ground and, weather permitting, will continue to do so in earnest. One key to successful sales of sweet corn is to have a readily available supply throughout the season. This is accomplished by successive timely planting of a mix of varieties.
  5. High tunnels. I visited a number of high tunnels last week that were full of tomatoes. Plants look very good and we hope for a successful early harvest. This week will slow growth of these crops but should not do any real harm. Temperatures are going to be cool but not freezing. Likely, plants will simply slow their growth. Have your row covers ready to go if needed.

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