Southwest Michigan vegetable update – April 26, 2017

Season starts on schedule for southwest Michigan vegetable producers.

Weather

Weather has been conducive for field activity with producers preparing sites and laying plastic for mulch and clear plastic for low tunnels. There have been no significant recent rain events to slow field preparation, and the soil is moist enough for bed shaping. Transplanting into low tunnel production will start soon. Temperatures were slightly below freezing in some areas April 22 and 23, but no damage has been reported.

Crops

Sweet corn planting has begun for early season harvest.

Asparagus emerged the week of April 11, but no significant harvest began until the warmer temperatures of this week. Cooler temperatures forecast for later this week will slow harvest, but there should be some available for limited road-side sales this weekend. General, large scale harvest is still a ways out.

Celery under protection has been planted.

Some producers are direct seeding summer squash and zucchini into plastic mulched beds. Transplants will also go out into low tunnels soon.

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