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Fruit & Vegetable Weekly Crop Update

Timely vegetable crop info for local producers.

fruit and vegetable weekly crop update 5/4/2015

Posted by Kyle Cecil -

  1. 4 inch soil temp: 58.9 degrees F
  2. Growing Degree Days Since April 1: Actual total: 284 Average (11 year): 216
  3. Second and third plantings of sweet corn have been made to stay on schedule with necessary supplies later in the season. We need warm weather and sunlight.
  4. Fresh market tomatoes have been field planted for the most part. The morning of May 1st showed some pretty cool temperatures. I recorded 31 degrees. As such, the tomatoes in the field took a real hit. This was the coldest temp I heard of after speaking with several of you. Damage is observed as sunken, tan to brown leaf spots. Since this already occurred, there is not much you can do to remedy the situation. There is a good chance that the plant will grow out of the damage if it is not too extensive.
  5. Asparagus harvest continues daily but at an exceedingly slow pace compared to most years. Same goes here for the cold temps last Friday. The plant should rebound with affected spears likely having died off already. New spears should emerge as usual.

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