All About Apple Bloom: Pollination, Blossom Blight, and PGRs Workshop
Date: March 17, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Kent County Extension Office, 775 Ball Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Julianna Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-432-4766
This workshop designed for apple growers will focus on bloom-time issues including pollination, blossom blight control, and timing of plant growth regulators. Growers will learn about the wild pollinators likely to be found on their farms, how to improve communication with beekeepers providing pollination services, how to draft a pollinator stewardship plan, programs to offset the cost for planting pollinator habitat, strategies for controlling blossom blight, blossom thinning techniques and other bloom-time related plant growth regulator issues. Lunch is included.
$20 per person
8:30 a.m. Check in, coffee provided
9 a.m. Welcome, Workshop Overview
9:05 a.m. What is Integrated Crop Pollination?
9:15 a.m. Wild Bees in Michigan Apple Orchards
10 a.m. Making the Most of Managed Pollinators
10:45 a.m. Break
11 a.m. NRCS Cost-share programs
11:15 a.m. Developing a Pollinator Stewardship Plan
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. Strategies for Managing Blossom Blight
1 p.m. Blossom Time Thinning