Saturday, July 25, 2015

Insect status

VegNet Regional Pest Trends for the Week of July 20th, 2015

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Weather and farm status

Cooler weather for a few fays and then back to the
 "warm" weather again.  Three days in the 80's with
lows in the low 50's,which is good for apple and pear
 ripening.  Then warm again in the mid to high 90's
and lows in the low 60's.  Look for sunburn on  fruit. 
Irrigate as needed.

Blueberries, some raspberries, some cherries, peaches,
early apples coming into market soon.  Lots and lots of
good veggies.  Corn is prime right now.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Happenings

Cherries - nearing end.
Blueberries - slowing down.
Early apples nearly ready.  During June
and July, a lot more apples than normal falling
from the tree.
Fruit sizing nicely even with the hot weather.
Keep up the irrigation.
Cherry tomatoes - ready.
Garlic ready for harvest.

Get ready to plant fall gardens around the
first of August.

Try budding of prune, plum, peach, nectarine
trees just as the summer temps start to go down.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Weather



Rufus at the WxCafe® dishes on the weather for 
the rest of the month. Robin
Friday July 17

Steady pattern with small adjustments in temps and 
then possible showers are on tap for the next couple of weeks.
High pressure ridge now positioned to favor seasonal 
temps - no extreme heat - across the PNW. The key change 
in the steady pattern is progged for late July. By the last 
weekend of the month a cooler, damp system is modeled 
to arrive from the NW.

As for this weekend and early next week, temps will bump 
up 5-10 degrees from what was experienced this past week. 
Not bad. NW breezes to turn back on by next Wed, for a cool 
down ahead of showers. Oregon and ID may stay dry, but a 
bit cooler, when and if the showers arrive in NW WA.

-Rufus

Friday, July 17, 2015

VegNet

VegNet Regional Pest Trends for the Week of July 13th, 2015

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Crop status

Cherries crop - ending.
Peaches and nectarines - pretty good but heat is causing
them to ripen fast and not last as long after picking.
Early Gravenstein apples - will be ripe in as early as two weeks.
Plums - seeing some pre-mature drop.
Apples - doing a June drop if too many apples left on a spur.
Pears, Asian pears and apples sizing nicely even with the
hotter weather.  Little to no sun burn.

Raspberries - showing berry white or edge sun burn.
Blueberries - another good year.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Good weather forecast



Monday July 6
A turn in the weather, for the good of all, will take place 
later this week. The record-breaking (for many locations)
 extended heat wave will come to an end as cooler, the marine 
air conditioning returns.
The normal marine air that helps keep the PNW pleasant during 
summer months literally was blocked by a ridge of high pressure.  
 By Thu/Fri, the ridge will yield and allow for cooler air in the form 
of an 'onshore flow' to push inland to cool the entire region down
 to seasonal temperatures.
 By the weekend, temperatures will drop enough to generate quite
 a conversation about how cool it is in comparison to the heat. Plants
 & people will be grateful. The good news is that the cooler, more
 normal PNW pattern for July will hold on through at least July 18 
or 19.  West side, the moisture will mainly manifest as scattered 
mid-level clouds, but a shower may pop up, esp from Eugene south.
General temps will range from the mid 70s to lower 80s in many
 locations, cooler along the coast. Eastern basins likely to be in the 
mid-80 to low 90s. Normal for July.
 -Rufus