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Hop grower input needed
Take this brief survey on identifying obstacles to economically and environmentally sustainable hop production.
Aphids on hops reported in significant numbers
As harvest approaches, growers should continue to scout for a number of pests and diseases, including aphids.
Harvest time approaching for hop growers
Determining the correct harvest date for hops is a mix of art and science and has a big impact on the quality of the final product.
Battling downy mildew as hop harvest approaches
With cones developing in Michigan hopyards, many growers continue to battle downy mildew and should carefully consider their management programs as harvest approaches.
Spruce spider mites found in Douglas firs
Spruce spider mites are being found on Douglas fir, a species typically not infested with this mite. Check all Christmas tree species and consider that mild temperatures this summer may lead to mite populations building earlier than usual going into fall.
Chestnut growers: Mark your calendars for these two important meetings
Chestnut growers are encouraged to attend two upcoming meetings on insect and disease scouting on Aug. 27, and cultivar evaluations and chestnut blight research on Sept. 7. Both meetings are free, but require registration.
Hop scouting meeting to be held in southwest Michigan on August 18
Scouting for hop pests and diseases is critical to environmental and economic sustainability. Come learn about best scouting practices in the field.
Michigan hop update – July 31, 2014
Two-spotted spider mite populations are high and growers should carefully monitor for this pest that can affect cone quality and act as a contaminate pest at harvest. Potato leafhopper and downy mildew continue to be observed.
Michigan chestnut update – July 31, 2014
European red mite populations are building in area orchards and potato leafhopper damage is becoming more apparent. Growers should be scouting for these pests regularly and monitoring pressure.
Lecanium scale numbers building on chestnuts
Chestnut growers in some areas of Michigan are experiencing high levels of Lecanium scale infestation. Growers with young, susceptible trees should be particularly diligent in scouting for this pest.