Michigan vegetable crop report – May 19, 2021

“Transplanting has been underway across the state. Some early melons under vented plastic tunnels were exhibiting some interesting symptoms that are unfortunately hard to diagnose. Producing crops at the fringes of the season means that they experience things that they normally wouldn’t. What I see in these plants is freeze damage, but other freeze-sensitive crops in nearby tunnels were not affected. So, heat stress is a potential factor here as well.”

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Cool-season crops, like lettuce (left), and warm-season crops, like squash (right), are now in the ground to different degrees on different farms. Photos by Jessica Good and Ben Phillips, MSU Extension.