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): 1Clrl ] ~ i I Thursday, August 19, 2010 News Kimb l, MN your favorite s op. food & always friendly service! Kurt Habben at Richmond Area Medical Clinic Paynesville Area Health Care System is pleased to announce the addition of Kurt Habben, Medi- cal Doctor to its medical provider group and the Richmond Area Medical Clinic. Dr. Habben, a native of Paynes- ville, recently graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School with his medical degree as a Family Practice Physician. Dr. Habben has spent the past three years doing his residency training at the Duluth Fam- ily Practice Residency Program in Duluth. His medical interests include a full spectrum of family care along with obstetrics and dia- betes. When asked about his long- term goal of becoming a medical doctor, Kurt stated that his love for the sciences, combined with the opportunity to.make" a real difference in the lives of others, made this the right career choice for him. "I always had an image in my mind of living, and practic- ing medicine in a rural commu- nity. It's good to know that this is where my family and I are meant to be. I'm looking forward to meet- ing patients at the Richmond Area Medical Clinic." Dr. Habben, along with his wife and young son are residing in Richmond. They enjoy spend- ing time on the lake and camping. They are looking forward to being involved in the Richmond com- munity. Patient appointments are now available at the Richmond Area Medical Clinic by calling (320) 597-2122. Whatcauses blossom-end rot in tomatoes? By ]anelle Kuechle, I1 of M Extension While we are all anticipating the first tomatoes to ripen in the garden, some are having problems with tomato blossom-end rot. Affected fruit is easily spotted and will have a tan to black spot at the blossom end of the fruit. Blossom-end rot usually begins as a small water-soaked area at the blossom end of the fruit. This may appear while the fruit is green or during ripening. As this lesion develops, it enlarges, becomes sunken and" turns black and leath- ery. In severe cases, the entire lower half of the fruit may become fiat or concave. Secondary decay bacteria often invade this lesion resulting in rotting of the fruit rendering it unusable. Blossom- end rot can appear at any stage of development in the fruit, but it is most commonly seen in the first fruit of the season. Blossom-end rot is not a dis- ease, but is a physiological dis- order associated with a low con- centration of calcium in the fruit. Calcium is required in relatively large concentrations for normal cell growth. When a rapidly grow- ing fruit is deprived of necessary calcium, the tissue breaks down, leaving the characteristic dry, sunken lesion at the blossom end. In most cases, blossom-end rot is normally not caused by a lack of calcium in the soil, but rather by some factor that makes the cal- cium unavailable to the plant. These factors include drought stress, fluctuations in moisture and temperature, heavy appli- cations of nitrogen fertilizer and root pruning due to cultivation. Blossom-end rot is also very com- mon in container grown plants. This is because these plants have a restricted root area and are there- fore more vulnerable to stress caused by rapid changes in tem- perature and moisture. They tend to dry out much more easily than plants in the ground and require a careful uniform supply of mois- ture. Maintaining a uniform sup- ply of moisture through regular watering can minimize blossom- end rot. Plants generally need about one inch of moisture a week for proper growth and develop- ment and it is important that the soil does not become excessively dry between watering. Apply- ing two to three inches of organic mulch will help keep the soil tem- perature and moisture level uni- form. Avoid heavy applications of nitrogen fertilizer as rapid and luxuriant growth also predisposes the fruit to blossom-end rot, espe- cially during periods of dry, hot weather. Ammonium-based nitro- gen may increase blossom-end rot as excess ammonium ions reduce calcium uptake. Avoid root prun- ing caused by deep cultivation within a foot of the plants. The soil around tomato plants should never be hoed or cultivated deeper than one inch to avoid root injury. Keeping all of these tips in mind will help to ensure a plentiful crop of tomatoes each year. W Fair Haven Spacious 4-BR home, 2+ car garage, 1+ acre lot $124,900 Kimball Updated 3-BR home, largegarage, on 5 acres $153,900 l /l cker, REALTOR 398'3100 80U Haven: You will love this house! 5 acres overlo i pond and nice setting. All the upgrades granite unters, raised panel doom, custom kitchen, atta garage, underground fencing. 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