2016 Blueberry Kickoff Meeting

Date: March 21, 2016
Time: 1 - 5 p.m.
Location: MSU Trevor Nichols Research Center, 6237 124th Ave., Fennville, MI, 49408
Contact: Mark Longstroth, 269-873-8983, longstr7@anr.msu.edu; Mary Frein, 616-994-4540, frein@anr.msu.edu; Carlos Garcia, 616-260-0671

Michigan State University Extension’s Blueberry Team, annual Blueberry Kick Off meeting will be March 21, 2016 at the MSU Trevor Nichols Research Center located at 6237 124th Ave., Fennville, MI, 49408. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. and conclude about 5 p.m. Three RUP credits will be available to certified pesticide applicators in Private and Commercial fruitThere is a $5 registration fee to cover break snacks and handouts. Please register online. It will provide us the necessary information for planning the number of handouts and audience seating.  Topics to be covered during this meeting include:

  • Introduction and Updates on 2016 Blueberry Meetings
    Mark Longstroth, and Dr. Carlos Garcia Salazar
  • Updates Michigan Blueberry Industry
    MBBAC and USHBC representatives
  • What does the 2016 Growing season look like? 
    Dr. Jeff Andresen, MSU Climatologist
  • Blueberry Weed Control
    Dr. Bernie Zandstra, Professor, MSU Horticulture
  • Blueberry Nutrition Update
    Dr. Eric Hanson, Professor & Extension Specialist, MSU Horticulture
  • Enviroweather Update
    Dr. Beth Bishop, MSU Enviroweather Coordinator
  • Blueberry Irrigation and Spring Freeze Control Options
    Mark Longstroth, MSU Extension Small Fruit Educator, Van Buren County MSU Extension
  • Update on FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act)
    Dr. Carlos Garcia, MSUE Small Fruit Educator, Ottawa County MSU Extension
  • Blueberry Insect and Insecticide Update
    Dr. Rufus Isaacs, Professor, MSU Entomology
  • Early Season Blueberry Disease Control Update
    Dr. Annemiek Schilder


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