Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – September 19, 2012
Growers are in the process of taking fields out of production and getting ready for cover crop planting.
Temperatures for the period averaged near normal with highs from 61 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit and lows from 46 to 57 F. The area received from 0.5 to 1 inch of rain.
Growers continue to remove fields from production and are now in the process of removing plastic mulch and drip tape. Final pesticide applications have been applied.
Harvest continues, but cool temperatures have slowed harvest for all crops and growers are taking more fields out of production and getting them ready for cover crop planting.
Pumpkin fields continue to die back, especially those not receiving good powdery mildew control. Harvest has begun on some pumpkin fields.