2017 Preseason Fruit IPM Meeting

Date: March 21, 2017
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Lawrence Conference Center, 490 South Paw Paw St., Lawrence, MI
Contact: Mark Longstroth, longstr7@anr.msu.edu, (269) 657-8213

You are invited to the preseason IPM update for fruit growers by Michigan State University Extension Fruit Educators Dr. Bill Shane, Brad Baughman and Mark Longstroth. Included is a review of important changes in the new 2017 MSU Michigan Fruit Management Guide (E154), including management information for fruit insects and diseases. We will discuss useful findings from recent fruit research projects and the proper use of new pesticides. An important part of the meeting is the sharing by growers of their concerns from past seasons, as they look forward to 2017.

Two evening meetings are scheduled with one each in Van Buren and Berrien counties. The Van Buren County meeting will be Tuesday, March 21, in Lawrence, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Lawrence Conference Center, at 490 South Paw Paw St. in Lawrence, Michigan. The Berrien meeting will be on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC), 1791 Hillandale Rd. near Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Each meeting will cover the same material focusing on new and changed pesticide labels, pesticide spray timing, and pesticide mode of action, effectiveness and longevity. Pesticide resistance management and insect and disease management models will also be discussed. Other topics will include bee safety during pollination and controlling the new invasive pest spotted wing drosophila (SWD). Bill Shane, the MSU Extension Tree Fruit Educator will concentrate on tree fruits. Mark Longstroth, the Small Fruit Educator will cover small fruit such as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Brad Baughman, the Berrien County Small Fruit Educator will cover grapes. Two RUP Private, Commercial, or 1C credits will be available. There is $5 registration fee. All fruit growers are invited to attend and participate.



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