Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – May 6, 2015

There’s a whole lot of planting going on out there!

Suitable weather has allowed for a great deal of field activity over the past week. Producers have been able to work fields and lay plastic, and planting has begun in some of those fields. According to the Michigan State University Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center Enviro-weather station, the area received nearly 0.6 inches of much needed rain. That moisture should help produce better shaped beds and more moisture in the soil going into those beds.

Crops

Potato and sweet corn planting continues with no emergence evident at this time.

Asparagus harvest has resumed with no problems being reported to Michigan State University Extension.

Transplanting of tomatoes, slicing cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini has begun with no low tunnel protection. Direct seeding of cucumbers, yellow squash and zucchini has also begun.

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