Nebraska Tomatos – Bad Year, Too Cold

(Climate Alarmist Post)

1 of 10 coolest Julys on Record in Nebraska . . . Not a big deal, really.
It is quite a big deal however that anthropogenic carbon dioxide is no longer warming Earth – and nothing else is either – given that the sun is soundly snoozing.
If cycle 24 is as weak as history suggests it will be, temperatures could drop for another 20 years, maybe more. It could get a lot colder than 1972 (remember the alarmism then? I don’t know how much, colder though).
Humans adapt quickly though. Particularly they did in Greenland. Oh; I meant “died” in Greenland. All of ’em. Dying is like – adapting, right?

They might watch out in Greenland, I guess.

Talk about frustration.

By now, many vegetable gardeners would be layering fat slices of tomatoes on a plate and eating them like watermelon.

But not this year.

The prize of gardening — a juicy tomato, ripe by the Fourth of July — has remained stubbornly green and hard.

A Sarpy County farmer, master gardener and longtime competitor at the county fair, Green has 67 plants — 27 varieties — this year at his farm outside Springfield, Neb. And 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.

Kathleen Cue, horticulturist for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, said many common varieties will need a week of sustained warmth to ripen. The lower end of acceptable warmth, she said, is a daytime high in the 70s and nighttime low in the 60s. Noticeably warmer than that would be better for more rapid ripening, she said.

Native to Central and South America, tomatoes need warmth to stimulate fruiting, rather than growing foliage.

With eastern and central Nebraska seeing what could be one of the 10 coolest Julys on record, genuine warmth has been hard to come by. Metro-area temperatures for the rest of this week are forecast to be in the mid-70s to low 80s during the day and upper 50s to low 60s at night.

The type of tomato classified as a determinate, such as Celebrity and Big Boy, are about two weeks behind in ripening and could end up a month behind, Cue said. Determinates tend to be larger and are bred so all the tomatoes on a single plant ripen simultaneously for easy harvesting and shipping, she said.

Many heirloom varieties, on the other hand,

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