MSU Tree Fruit IPM School

Date: February 18, 2015 - February 20, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Eberhard Center, 301 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, Michigan
Contact:, (231) 946-1510.

Course Description:

The MSU Tree Fruit IPM School, held every odd year, is a two and a half day program designed for growers, farm managers, and field scouts involved in the decision-making process of pest management in tree fruit. The focus for the 2015 School will be on how to develop and implement season-long horticultural and IPM strategies - from establishment, dormancy, bloom through harvest, and post-harvest - to support a healthy and productive orchard over the course of its lifetime.

Tree Fruit School participants will hear the latest findings on pruning and training systems for high-density apples and cherries, blossom and fruit thinning using precision orchard management techniques, how to use pheromone puffer dispensers for codling moth mating disruption, cover cropping for biofumigation and soil biology diversification, and more! There will be an invasive species workshop in which participants will receive training on the identification of spotted wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug, two potentially serious tree fruit pests from Asia that arrived in Michigan in recent years. This year’s Tree Fruit School guest speaker, Dr. Janna Beckerman from Purdue University, will present on managing the development of disease resistance to fungicides and using surfactants to improve apple scab efficacy.

Registration & Lodging Details:

Early registration ($175/person) begins Dec. 15 and ends Jan 14. Regular registration ($225/person) begins Jan 15. Registration by mail must be post-marked by Feb 2. Online registration closes Feb 13 after which only onsite registration is available for $275 per person. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and breaks on Wednesday and Thursday, breakfast and breaks on Friday, and a binder with all course materials. Dinner and lodging are on your own. Attendees will have the option of obtaining Certified Crop Advisor Credits and/or Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits (RUP) for attending this program.

Cancellation Policy:

A $50 cancellation fee will be assessed beginning February 2, 2015.


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