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Cold weather affecting Nebraska tomatoes
1 Aug 09 - Tomatoes aren't ripening due to colder than normal temperatures, 4-6 degrees cooler in July, says this article in the Omaha World Herald. "It has been one of the 10 coolest Julys on record."
"By now, many vegetable gardeners would be layering fat slices of tomatoes on a plate and eating them like water-melon," the article says. "But not this year."
"The prize of gardening — a juicy tomato, ripe by the Fourth of July — has remained stubbornly green and hard.
“This is as slow as I’ve seen it, and I’ve been growing tomatoes since 1972,” said Bob “The Tomato Man” Green. They just aren’t ripening.
"Blame it on the cool weather, he said. Tomatoes need warm days and warm nights to ripen. So far, though, much of eastern Nebraska is running about 4 to 6 degrees below normal for July. This could be one of the 10 coolest Julys on record."
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Thanks to Jim Souchek for this link
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