We usually begin grape phenology on April 1st, but since development is a bit early this year, we will begin on this first day of Spring. GDD base 50 accumulation count begins April 1 in this resource. We will calculate
Yesterday evening it hailed (at my house various sizes up to golf ball size) and this morning we found a great deal of damage to the plastic of the high tunnel (many holes and totally deflated) as well as some
We noticed that the Magnolia stellata was blooming last week! It is usually in full bloom around April 1, so it looks like things are developing early at this point. That brings bad memories of the Easter Freeze of 2007
We set up our College of Agriculture booth at the Farm Bureau thank a Farmer today with recruitment materials, a display of wines, jams and honey, and out fruit production information. The brunch was followed by an auction to benefit
We managed to take the plastic off of the high tunnel in time for holiday break. The tunnel has been covered since 2010, so it is definitely time for new plastic. We took a soil sample today in order to
We held our holiday party on Monday, December 19 for our faculty and staff. Here are some pics from the event.
The raspberries in grow bags were moved out of the high tunnel today and mulched with straw. The leaves did not fall before the bags were moved, but low temperatures predicted this weekend led us to decide to move the
We checked the high tunnel raspberries last Friday and found that many were frozen after a drop to 9.5 degrees F on Friday, December 9. Even though we had the thermostat set to close the tunnel at 45 degrees F,
It was a frosty morning today after a warm October and November. Our Real-Time Weather Station at Mountain Grove recorded 32.8 degrees Fahrenheit for a low, so only parts of the landscape had frost. The first fall frost is almost
GDD base 50 accumulation count beginning April 1 = 3885 http://agebb.missouri.edu/weather/reports/gddTable.asp Phenology stages according to the Modified E-L system http://door.uwex.edu/files/2010/10/ModifiedEichhornLorennzsystem.pdf This is the final phenology observation for 2016. We have had unseasonable warm weather through October with no freezing temperatures.