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Some plants hanging in there despite spring floods, summer heat

Sunday, September 18, 2011

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Troy Ditto, manager and mum grower at Diebold Orchards in Benton, and Paula Diebold unload mums while supervisor Jacob Ditto (far left) and assistant supervisor Seth Blattel fill the pumpkin crates.
(Leonna Heuring, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Spring floods and scorching summer heat wreaked havoc on some gardens and flower beds. And if the plants hung in there through the cooler spells, their growers may be reaping the benefits now.

"As long as they made it in the heat, they should be right on track," said Sarah Denkler, horticulture specialist for Butler County and Southeast Region of the University of Missouri Extension.

The horticulture specialist noted peppers, tomatoes, green beans and cucumbers especially took a hit from the weather. Bacterial diseases made a large presence on vegetables due mainly to the weather and possibly the spring flooding which spreads bacteria, she said.

Summer heat hindered fruit production, Denkler said.

"There were a lot of people who go to farmer's markets and places like that, but they didn't have anything to sell," Denkler said. "... But now that it's cooled off, everything is blooming -- if they held out this long," Denkler said.

Some orchard owners are still picking peaches, Denkler said.

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