2017 Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show

Date: January 17, 2017 - January 18, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Grand Traverse Resort, 100 Grand Traverse Resort Village Boulevard, Williamsburg, MI 49690
Contact: Jenn Zelinski, 231-946-1510, goodr100@msu.edu

The 2017 Northwest Orchard and Vineyard Show is scheduled for January 17-18 and will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan.  Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. on January 17th, and the cost for both days is $35, which is payable at the door.  The line is often long at the registration desk, so meeting attendees are encouraged to arrive well before the 9:00 start time.  Both days will feature educational programs and vendor exhibits.

The Fruit Industry Luncheon will be held on Tuesday the 17th, which is sponsored by Gillison’s Variety Fabrication and GreenStone Farm Credit Services. The Cherry Marketing Institute annual meeting and luncheon will be on Wednesday the 18th. Tuesday’s luncheon is free to attendees. Wednesday’s luncheon is free to cherry growers if they pre-register with Cherry Marketing Institute (more information below about registering).

The exhibit hall will be open during the show to feature vendors of orchard and vineyard equipment and supplies, commodity organizations, and other exhibitors.

Both Tuesday and Wednesday will offer a variety of topics relating to research and information on tart cherries, sweet cherries, apples, wine grapes, berry crops and saskatoons, addressing both production and marketing. Tree fruit topics include spotted wing Drosophila monitoring and management strategies, an update on non-bearing Ulster sweet cherries, trends on cherry imports, tart cherry crop insurance and diversion, and pollination.  The winegrape session will focus on bees, wasps and SWD in the vineyard, a newly released virus survey, an update on the Michigan Winegrape Collaborative, and insurance for winegrapes. The afternoon will conclude with a social hour featuring local food and wines, sponsored by Crop Production Services.

Wednesday’s general sessions will open with the annual meeting of the Cherry Marketing Institute, followed by their luncheon, which is free to cherry growers if they pre-register with Cherry Marketing Institute by phone 517-669-4264 or by email at jgordon@usacherries.com. The afternoon tree fruit session will features topics such as fireblight in apples, cover crops, plant growth regulator use, and will end with a panel of growers discussing the H2A program for labor in orchards.

New to the 2017 will be an afternoon session on the second day that will target small-scale or backyard berry growers and SWD. This pest is new to many of these growers, and this educational program will help them identify SWD, learn how to monitor for it, and how to best control this pest in raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

The program is co-sponsored by the Grand Traverse Fruit Growers’ Council, Michigan State University Extension and AgBioResearch, Cherry Marketing Institute, Parallel 45, and the MSU Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center.

For more information on the Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show, please call Jenn Zelinski at 231-946-1510 or email goodr100@msu.edu.

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