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I have worked for MSU Extenion as a Fruit Educator since 1993. I am an educational resource for small fruit growers in Southwest Michigan. My current focus is blueberries, and other small fruits. Prior to 2010, I served all commercial fruit growers in SW Michigan, focusing on both tree fruit (primarily apples and cherries) and small fruit (primarily blueberries, grapes, and cranberries). I scout fruit plantings and hold weekly or monthly (blueberries and grapes) meetings. I report Southwest Michigan’s fruit and pest conditions for MSU Extension and contribute articles on fruit pests and diseases. I have given numerous presentations on site selection, nutrition, fertilization, cultural practices, and pest control for blueberries and other fruit.
Before coming to Michigan, I worked as the Orchard Manager for the University of Idaho’s, Parma Agricultural Experiment Station. I did all the work involved in planting maintaining orchards of apples, cherries and plums. I am very familar with all aspects of commercial fruit production for all fruit crops
May 9, 2017 | Monday morning’s freeze caused some damage to fruit, some areas hit harder than others. Temperatures were not cold enough to cause widespread severe damage.
April 25, 2017 | Everything seems to be blooming at once! Avoid using insecticides during bloom.
April 25, 2017 | Join us for our 2017 pre-bloom blueberry meetings in South Haven on Thursday, April 27, and West Olive on Thursday, May 11.
April 4, 2017 | A wet week is ahead as plants move slowly in spring. Disease and weed control measures are delayed by saturated soils.
March 24, 2017 | Monday updates keep fruit growers current on pest and disease control developments during the growing season.
March 24, 2017 | Pre-season update for blueberry growers on cultural and pest control strategies for 2017.
March 13, 2017 | Update for fruit growers on pest and disease control strategies for the 2017 growing season.
February 27, 2017 | Warm weather has fruit crops growing. Now is the time for dormant sprays to control early diseases in stone fruit (peaches, plums and cherries), blueberries and raspberries.
February 21, 2017 | Warmer weather has perennials off to an early start. Does that increase the risk of cold damage or spring freezes?
August 30, 2016 | Peach and pear harvest continues. Apple harvest is beginning. Rains have impeded blueberry harvest and wet, humid conditions are good for diseases and insect pests.