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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
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.
August 23, 2016 | Strong winds and tornados caused localized problems across blueberry production areas. Peach harvest is proceeding rapidly and Bartlett pear harvest has started.
August 9, 2016 | Late-season pests are flying. Peach volumes are increasing during the harvest of mid-season varieties. Blueberry harvest is winding down.
July 19, 2016 | Blueberry harvest is in full swing. Spotted wing Drosophila numbers are climbing. Most soils are very dry.
July 12, 2016 | Quick action by growers can reduce losses in fruit plantings damaged by storms.
June 28, 2016 | The summer fruit season is off to a great start. Berry and cherry harvests are underway.
June 21, 2016 | Two blueberry pre-harvest meetings will take place Tuesday, June 28, in Van Buren County and again Wednesday, June 29, in Ottawa County.
June 14, 2016 | Strawberry harvest continues. Raspberry and cherry harvest should start soon. Birds are eating ripening cherries.
May 24, 2016 | A warm, dry week moved everything along quickly. Insect activity increased over the weekend.