Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – May 25, 2016

There’s a lot of planting going on out there in southwest Michigan.

Field activity

Planting activity has greatly increased over the past week due to the favorable weather conditions. However, dry conditions have raised a lot of dust with surface moisture becoming quite limiting. Rain or irrigation will be needed before seed will germinate. With increased temperatures, many low tunnels are open or taken off completely, especially on vine crops as they get close to bloom.

Crops

Asparagus harvest pace has increased so fields are harvested daily. Harvest is complete on younger fields and herbicides are being applied. Harvest from mature fields will probably continue through next week.

Pepper and eggplant transplanting has begun in a big way and tomato transplants continue to be set out. Direct seeding continues for cucumbers and yellow squash/zucchini.

Early planted sweet corn is 4 to 6 inches tall. Direct seeding for later harvest continues.

Peas are 6 inches tall. No flowers are evident at this time.

Earliest planted potatoes are 6 inches tall, but most are just breaking through the surface. No sign of Colorado potato beetle at this time.

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