Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – June 19, 2013

Crops have responded favorably to warmer temperatures and pea harvest has begun.

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 74 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (average is 76) and lows from 50 to 64 F (average is 55). We are at 759 GDD, which is slightly ahead of normal, but much behind the 1,015 we had by this time last year (2012). The area received around 0.50 inches of rainfall during the period. The weather system that moved through June 12 and 13 caused wind damage, but not much rain locally and no hail damage has been reported.

Crop reports

Asparagus harvest is complete.

Tomato transplanting will continue through next week. Second ties are being placed in early fields and tunnel-grown plants have 2 inches of fruit. Staking and tying continues in pepper, eggplant and tomato fields.

Yellow squash, zucchini and cucumber harvest from low-tunnel-grown plants continues. Transplanted fall squash has baseball-sized fruit.

Early planted sweet corn is 24 inches tall and looking much better due to increased temperatures.

Pea harvest has begun.

Early planted potatoes are in bloom. Few Colorado potato beetles have been observed.

No real problems have been reported. Aphids can be found in some plantings.

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