Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – May 27, 2015

Much needed rain is occurring across southwest Michigan.

Weather

The Michigan State University Enviro-weather station at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC) recorded 0.70 inches of much needed rain for the week. The previous week only had a trace. Temperatures were generally near normal. Field activities have continued with no interruptions.

Crop reports

Asparagus harvest in the area is 80 percent complete with harvest finished on some fields. Herbicides are being applied to those fields.

Transplanting and staking continues for tomatoes. Transplanting has begun for peppers and eggplant.

Yellow squash and zucchini transplants are on their fourth and fifth leaf. Transplanted cucumbers are on their fifth to sixth leaf. Watermelon transplanting has begun.

Sweet corn planting continues. Early plantings are 14 to 16 inches tall.

No significant disease or insect issues have been reported to Michigan State University Extension at this time on any crop.

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