Office: 269 657-8213 ext. 3
Cell: 269 873-8983
Fax: 269 657-6678
219 East Paw Paw Street, Suite 201
Paw Paw, Michigan 49079
Agriculture & Agribusiness Institute
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
June 16, 2015 | Wet weather is hampering summer fruit harvest as well as insect and disease control efforts.
May 28, 2015 | Cutting down old blueberry bushes yields a vigorous crop of new shoots.
May 26, 2015 | Warm conditions will move fruit and insects rapidly this week. Blueberries and strawberries are still blooming.
May 5, 2015 | Bloom in tree fruits is progressing rapidly. Warmer weather and rain this week will cause disease problems.
April 28, 2015 | Grape vines are very sensitive to 2,4-D, therefore MDARD has restrictions on the use of 2,4-D for several counties in southwest Michigan.
April 21, 2015 | The dew point and wind conditions impact how likely a freeze will be damaging. Cold, cloudy windy conditions can limit damage.
April 14, 2015 | Last week’s warm rain has greened up turf and plants are moving quickly.
April 3, 2015 | Monday updates help keep fruit growers current on pest and disease control developments during the growing season.
March 5, 2015 | With one look at MSU’s Enviro-weather, you can learn a lot about the freezing conditions in Michigan. If you know where the weather stations are, it tells you even more.
March 3, 2015 | Low temperatures often depend on atmospheric conditions and the local topography. Calm conditions allow the temperatures to drop quickly after the sun goes down. You can track freezes with MSU’s Enviro-weather.