Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – June 12, 2013

Warmer temperatures would be a welcome change to the southwest region.

Weather

According to Michigan State University Extension, temperatures for the week at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center averaged near normal with highs from 69 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (average is 74) and lows from 44 to 58 F (average is 53). We are at 637 GDD which is slightly ahead of normal. The area received around 0.25 inches of rainfall during the period.

Field activities

The generally dry weather has been good for continuing field activity. Planting of most crops continues with no interruptions.

Crop reports

Asparagus harvest is essentially complete and weed control is being applied. Growers report between 25 and 30 harvests.

Tomato transplanting continues. Early planted fields are being pruned, staked and tied.

Pepper and eggplant transplanting is nearly complete. Growth on these crops continues to be slow due to cool conditions. Lateral buds are beginning to grow on peppers and plants are beginning to flower.

Yellow squash and zucchini harvest from low-tunnel grown plants has begun. Slicing cucumber harvest from tunnel-grown fields will begin soon.

Early planted sweet corn is 16 to 20 inches tall and would benefit from warmer temperatures.

Pea harvest will begin soon.

Early planted potatoes are being hilled and flower buds are showing. No Colorado potato beetles have been observed.

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