Blueberry Pollination Workshop

Date: November 4, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. - Noon or 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Location: Trevor Nichols Research Center, 6237 124th Avenue, Fennville, MI, 49408
Contact: Mark Longstroth, (269) 873-8983, longstr7@anr.msu.edu

Michigan State University and the Xerces Society are hosting a pair of Blueberry Pollination Workshops on Wednesday, November 4 at the Trevor Nichols Research Center near Fennville. These workshops are designed to give growers a more complete understanding and better control of pollination during blueberry bloom. Mark Longstroth will cover the importance of pollination to blueberry production. Dr. Katharina Ullmann and Emily May of the Xerces Society will introduce the concept of Integrated Crop Pollination. Dr. Jason Gibbs will identify different bee pollinators. Dr. Rufus Isaacs will discuss farm practices to increase pollination and those that support wild bee pollinators. Dr. Meghan Milbrath will discuss increasing communications with commercial beekeepers. There will also be a hands-on bee identification session and a field protocol to assess pollination during bloom.

Both workshops are identical, with one in the morning (9:30 AM to Noon) and one in the evening (6:30 – 9 PM). There is no charge for these meetings, but please RSVP by registering using the MSU Extension Events Management System to allow an accurate count of refreshments and materials. Three RUP credits will be available to attendees. These workshops are sponsored by Project Integrated Crop Pollination.

 

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