Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – June 1, 2016

Plants have responded favorably to increased temperatures, but some areas are dry and need irrigation.

Field activity

Excellent conditions for field work were experienced over the past week. Some areas missed the rain on May 25 with amounts ranging from nothing to 0.8 inch. This has caused some growers to irrigate.

Crops

Most asparagus fields will be finished this week and growers will be applying herbicides. Some direct market fields will continue through the weekend and possibly next week.

Pepper and eggplant transplanting was in full speed over the past week.

Tomato transplants continue to be set out and are doing well. Stakes are going in shortly after planting and earliest planted tomatoes are being pruned and tied.

Vine crops are responding to the higher temperatures. Flower buds are evident on yellow squash, zucchini and cucumbers that were grown under tunnels.

Sweet corn has greened up well in response to increased temperatures. Early plantings are 8 to 10 inches tall. Direct seeding for later harvest continues.

Peas are 8 to 10 inches tall. No flowers are evident.

Potatoes are doing well and most planting is complete. There are no signs of Colorado potato beetles.

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