Peach and Plum Variety Showcase

Date: August 27, 2013
Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: SW Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Rd., Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Contact: MSU Extension Senior Specialist, Bill Shane: (269) 208-1652 or shane@msu.edu

This extensive stone fruit display will be assembled from samples contributed by commercial growers, nurseries, and university breeding programs across Michigan and elsewhere. Fruit on display will include yellow and white fleshed peaches and nectarines, donut, aprium, and plumcot types. Attendees will see new varieties and experimental selections from the Stellar, Flamin’ Fury, Rutgers University, University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, and Michigan State University breeding programs. At this meeting plant breeders, commercial nursery, growers, and university researchers will share their experiences and recommendations with these new varieties.

Schedule:

4 p.m. - Fruit variety displays open for viewing and tasting;

4:30 p.m. - Fruit variety discussions;

6 p.m. - Dinner.

There is no charge. Dinner provided courtesy of Summit Tree Sales, Lawrence, MI. You are welcome to bring samples of new, unusual, and experimental peaches and plums varieties to add to the display. The SW Research and Extension Center will be open for self-guided tours to see over 60 projects on fruit and vegetables including high tunnel production, grapes, hops, peach training systems, variety trials, and peach breeding. This showcase is organized by the Michigan Peach Sponsors (web site: michiganpeach.org), Michigan Plum Advisory Board (web site: michiganplum.org), Summit Tree Sales, and Michigan State University Extension.