Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – April 27, 2016

Conditions have been excellent for early field preparation and planting.

Planting activity

Weather conditions have been excellent for field preparation. The soil is not too wet for working and it has just the right amount of moisture for shaping beds and laying plastic. Some plantings of cucumber, squash and tomatoes have been made under low tunnels. Sweet corn, potatoes, onions, peas and some cole crops have also been planted.

Crops

Asparagus harvest began April 13 with limited production. Volume harvest began April 23. Quality is excellent and potential production volume looks good with no freezing temperatures in the forecast for the next two weeks.

Greenhouse/hoophouse

Some disease issues on tomatoes have emerged, but have not yet been identified. These will most likely be reduced if we get sunny weather to lower humidity. Michigan State University Extension suggests improving air circulation if possible.

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