Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – September 5, 2012

Growers are now in the process of removing plastic mulch and drip tape from fields while harvest continues at a good pace for all crops.

Weather

Temperatures for the period were again above normal with highs from 79 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit and lows from 57 to 68 F. The area received none to slightly over 1 inch of rain. Heavy morning dew continues to be normal.

Field activities

Growers continue to remove fields from production and are now in the process of removing plastic mulch and drip tape.

Crop reports

Harvest continues at a good pace for all crops and is beginning in late planted yellow squash, zucchini and cucumber fields.

Fall squash harvest continues as direct-seeded fields are maturing. Pumpkin fields are beginning to die back, especially those not receiving good, powdery mildew control. Virus symptoms are quite evident in most pumpkin fields. Their effect on yield remains to be seen.

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