[Market-farming] Fruit Set Temperatures

Jay Sleichter jaysleichter at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 6 10:58:25 EDT 2012


We are having the same problem with zucchini too. We have over 200 plants and I picked 1 zucchini last week.  We have another 300 that have been growing for about 3 weeks. Maybe it will cool off and we will get this planting to produce!  People have been looking for zucchini for the last 2-3 weeks and very few have any.


Jay

 
Jay's Jellies, Produce and More
Clay Center, Kansas
www.jaysjellies.com
http://rvp.locallygrown.net/


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 From: Carla Maness <manessfarm at gmail.com>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> 
Sent: Monday, August 6, 2012 8:44 AM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Fruit Set Temperatures
 

Here in blazing hot Oklahoma, we grow beans in the spring and fall. We've tried summer beans, and the flowers drop off, even under shade cloth and we never get enough beans to justify the water it takes to keep them alive. They are attract spider mites worse than any other crop we have. 
Peppers we can pick maybe 3 times in early summer before they shut down, and that goes for hot peppers as well. We continue to water them all summer and we can get a really nice crop of large bell peppers once we start to cool down.
Eggplant does a little better, at least for us. We pick it all summer regardless of how hot it is. Production is down, but we are still harvesting. 
Tomatoes are holding their own this year.
Our biggest problem is squash. We have very little yellow squash. A bit more zucchini, which is the exact opposite of last year. I've been replanting every month trying to keep production up, but it's not working out very well. Between the heat and virus it's a lost cause.

Carla, Perkins, Ok where the whole state seems to be on fire. 

On Sun, Aug 5, 2012 at 8:31 PM, Road's End Farm <organic87 at frontiernet.net> wrote:


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>On Aug 5, 2012, at 4:02 PM, Allan Balliett wrote:
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>>[ . . . ]Mr. Google has let me down for locating a precise and authorative
>>explanation of reduced fruit set in peppers and eggplants and beans
>>due to high heat that  I can pass along to my CSA members this week.
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>>I'm wondering if anyone reading this list can point me to such a
>>document (like from a University, or something)
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>>Or, am I kidding myself and my peppers and eggplants have just quit
>>after one fruit set? [ . . . ]
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>Does this help?
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>http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/info_tomtemp.htm
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>They may start setting fruit again later, after the weather changes.
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>-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 6A now I think
>Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
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