Michigan Blueberry Pollination Field Day

Date: July 12, 2016 - July 12, 2016
Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
Location: True Blue Farms, 309 56th Street, Grand Junction, MI 49056
Contact: Carlos Garcia Salazar, garcias4@anr.msu.edu, 616-994-4545

Michigan State University Extension and the Integrated Crop Pollination Project are hosting an evening Blueberry Pollination Field Day. 

The field day will take place at a blueberry farm owned and operated by True Blue Farms. Food will be provided from 5:30 p.m. onward. 

We are inviting growers, IPM practitioners, and other land managers interested in supporting pollinators and crop pollination to attend this event. This workshop is designed to provide growers a more complete understanding of how to support crop pollinators to improve pollination and yield of blueberries, including how to successfully manage pollinator habitat for blueberry production. Participants will receive 2 RUPs for their renewal of the pesticide applicator license. 

There is not a fee to attend this field day but we request that you pre-register online. That is important to estimate the number of handouts and light dinner that will be offered to participants. 

Workshop Agenda: 

  1. State of the Season; overview of how the blueberry season is going - Carlos Garcia and Mark Longstroth (Michigan State University Extension)
  2. Pollinator habitat for blueberries
    • Overview of blueberry pollinators and major bee groups - Jason Gibbs (MSU Entomology)
    • What is pollinator habitat? – Emily May (The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation)
    • Long-term pollinator habitat research – what have we learned? - Julia Brokaw (MSU Entomology)
    • Step-by-step habitat implementation - Jared Foster (Native Connections)
    • Cost-share options for pollinator habitat - Heather Varboncoeur (USDA-NRCS, Ottawa County)
  3. Minimizing pesticide risk to blueberry pollinators – Rufus Isaacs (MSU Entomology)


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