Extreme heat in the Heartland
Thinking that the heat that has permeated the region for the last month might affect the few fruits that managed to set during this sweltering humidity. Been watering deep every few days or longer thinking even 1" a week might not be enough to relieve the stress they are under. Seems they are liking it ok except for some blight/Septoria/ some BER and insect stresses. Question being: How much effect to the taste will happen due to the ripening fruit in such extreme drought /humidity conditions? Would it benefit to harvest after color break due to these conditions? I remember that the fruit is closed off shortly after color break, taste values compromised or enhanced as a result of any action I could take?