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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

fruit and vegetable weekly crop update 4/27/2015

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

  1. 4 inch soil temp: 53.9 F
  2. Growing Degree Days since April 1; Actual total: 211 , Average (11 year): 163
  3. Germination temps. I have spoken with a number of growers concerned about poor germination of direct seeded crops so far. This is likely to be expected and really shouldn't cause a great deal of concern. Many cold season crops will germinate at 40 degree soil temperatures but have optimum temps near 70 degrees. I would expect most of the seeds to successfully establish themselves when warmer weather prevails.
  4. Control broadleaf and grass weeds early. The sooner you can control weeds in your fields the better. Broadleaves, when in the cotyledon stage, are readily controlled at this point. Grasses are somewhat harder as the growing point is insulated and protected more. With either, better early than late with whatever control method you chose. See the Midwest Vegetable Growers Guide for more info.
  5. In area high tunnels, planting of warm season crops such as tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers has begun, after hardening off the plants, and with this week's cold temperatures, covering them at night with an appropriate row cover.

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