High Tunnel Fruit Production Tour

Date: July 5, 2016
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: Horticulture Teaching and Research Center, 3291 College Road, Holt, MI 48842
Contact: Eric Hanson, 517-353-0386 or hansone@msu.edu

Can you make money growing fruit under high tunnels? Please join us for a tour and discussion of organic and conventional fruit production under high tunnels. High tunnels are relatively low cost greenhouse-like structures. Beginning in 2010, organic and conventional production of red raspberries, sweet cherries and blackberries have been studied under Haygrove multiple bay high tunnels. Please join us to see production methods and learn the results of this exciting, ongoing project.

Rufus Isaacs and Heather Leach of MSU Entomology will discuss insect management approaches. Annemiek Schilder of MSU Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences will discuss disease challenges, and Eric Hanson, Greg Lang and Josh Moses of MSU Horticulture will review production systems and tunnel management. MSU organic agriculture outreach specialist Vicki Morrone will be on-hand to review general organic production topics.

Ice cream and fruit toppings will be served.

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