Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – May 13, 2015

Vegetable season is off to a good start in southwest Michigan.

Weather

Generally cool temperatures and recent rains have been excellent for transplant establishment. Growers have experienced minimal transplant losses since many fields have received timely rains shortly after transplanting. Moist soil has also been helpful in germinating direct-seeded crops. The area received 1.25 inches or more for the week. Rains have caused minimal to no delays in field activity. We are near 270 base 50 growing degree days, so insect activity should be increasing.

Crops

Early planted sweet corn is 3-4 inches tall and planting continues with no reported difficulty.

Asparagus is on its eighth to 12th harvest with variable yields due to fluctuating temperatures. According to Michigan State University Extension reports, asparagus beetles have been observed, so growers should be scouting for egg-laying activity.

Tomato transplanting continues.

Growers have direct-seeded slicing cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini with the earliest fields already at emergence.

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