2015 Blueberry Kick Off Meeting

Date: March 26, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: MSU Trevor Nichols Research Center, 6237 124th Ave., Fennville, MI, 49408.
Contact: Carlos Garcia Salazar, 616-260-0671

At Michigan State University Extension, our goal for 2015 is to continue our support to blueberry growers and small fruit industry efforts to improve the quantity and quality of our small fruit production while maintaining high standards in regard to food safety, and protection to workers, consumers and our environment.

To achieve this goal, the MSU Extension small fruit team is preparing a series of workshops and Twilight Meeting beginning on March 26, 2015. Those educational activities are directed to meet the needs of our clientele as expressed during our end-of season evaluation sessions, and priorities established by the blueberry industry.
Therefore, in preparation for the upcoming blueberry season we would like to invite you to our first growers meeting of the 2015 berry season. Our Blueberry Kick Off meeting will take place on March 26, 2015 at the MSU Trevor Nichols Research Center located at 6237 124th Ave., Fennville, MI, 49408. 

Topics that will be covered during this meeting are: 




9:00 a.m.



9:30-9:10 a.m.


Carlos Garcia

9:10-9:40 a.m.

Industry Update-Michigan Blueberry Advisory Council

Cheryl Sullins /Creela Hamlin

9:40-10:10 a.m.

2015 Weather Outlook

Jeff Andresen

10:10-10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break


10:15-11:00 a.m.

Insect Management Update

Rufus Isaacs

11:00-11:30 a.m.

Winter and Frost Protection

Carlos Garcia

11:30 a.m.-Noon

Blueberry Disease Management Update

Mark Longstroth/Annemiek Schilder

Noon-1:00 p.m.

Lunch (provided)


1:00-1:30 p.m.

Nutrition and Blueberry Management for 2015

Eric Hanson

1:30-2:00 p.m.

Enviro-Weather Update

Beth Bishop

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Weed Control Update

Bernard Zandstra

3:00-3:30 p.m.

2015 Blueberry Export Program-USDA-APHIS

Michael Bryan Plant Industry Specialist


3:30-4:00 p.m.

Round Table: 2015 Industry Priorities for R&E




There will be a $10 registration fee to cover lunch and handouts.  We ask that you pre-register because it will provide us in advance with the necessary information for planning the number of handouts, lunch and audience seating.   
Growers attending this meeting will receive 2 RUPs.
Growers with special needs may request assistance by contacting Mary Frein at 616-994-4548 orfrein@anr.msu.edu or Carlos Garcia at 616-260-0671 or garcias4@msu.edu.



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