Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center Annual Open House and Equipment Demonstration

Date: August 24, 2017 - August 24, 2017
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Highway Traverse City, MI 49684
Contact:, (231) 946-1510


The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center’s (NWMHRC) annual open house is scheduled for Thursday, August 24, 2017. This year’s event will include wine tasting, an equipment demonstration, dinner, and the Leelanau Horticulture Society’s annual meeting.

This year’s program will include an equipment show plus we are re-introducing equipment demonstrations. We have invited equipment companies to bring in new orchard equipment and technologies for demonstration purposes. We hope to be able to showcase new advancements in orchard assist technologies for the 2017 NWMHRC Open House.

Free educational wagon tours of the NWMHRC will feature MSU specialists and will take place from 3:00 - 4:45PM. The tour will include wine grape and tree fruit specialists that will speak on a variety of topics: Dr. Todd Einhorn will present on his work using ethephon for fruit removal on young trees and Apogee use in Montmorency tart cherry as well as research on increase fruit size in sweet cherries. Dr. George Sundin will be on hand to discuss 2017 cherry leaf spot efficacy results. Dr. Amy Iezzoni will update attendees on MSU rootstocks, and Dr. George Bird will present his latest results on cover crops in orchard systems. NWMHRC staff will provide information on spotted wing drosophila (SWD) based on trials conducted this past season at the station.

Growers are encouraged to meet with equipment vendors and participate in the demonstrations during the social hour from 4:45 – 6:00PM. Dinner and the Leelanau Horticultural Society’s annual meeting will follow at 6:00PM.

As in past years, the social hour and dinner have been sponsored by the Leelanau Horticultural Society and Parallel 45 with the educational portion sponsored by AgBioResearch, MSU Extension, and the NW Michigan Horticultural Research Foundation. To reserve or purchase a dinner ticket, please call (231) 946-1510 or email Jenn at by August 21, 2017. The dinner will be catered by Ethnic Garden Catering and will feature locally produced food; cost for dinner tickets is $10 per person.

For more information, contact the NW Michigan Horticultural Research Center at 231- 946-1510. We hope to see many of you at this fun and educational event!

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