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US (IL): Bad weather impacts specialty crops

Roth Countryside Produce has greenhouses filled with tomatoes and cucumber, along with specialty crops that have been facing challenges due to inclement weather this season.

Nic Roth operates a greenhouse in Morton where he grows hundreds of tomatoes, cucumber, egg plant, peppers and more. Roth said it has been a difficult start to the season because of cold and wet conditions.

“We need warm soil to start our sweet corn and green beans. We also need warm soil to transplant our plugs from the growing house out to the soil. A lot of our peppers, eggplant, or melons, have a favorite temperature which is around 60-65 degrees for that plant to take off,” said Roth.

In Roth’s growing house, seeds are placed in a plug tray so sprouts can start.

“We grow those plants to be transplanted to one of our greenhouses where they will stay for the rest of the season or out into the field,” said Roth.

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