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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
April 5, 2012 | Many blueberry growers use sprinkler systems to protect blueberry flowers from spring freezes. A fact sheet for growers is posted at the Michigan Blueberry Facts website.
April 4, 2012 | Summer-like weather in March caused rapid fruit development in Michigan.
March 23, 2012 | Michigan fruit trees blooming a month early means that bees need to be here a month early, too. There are several issues affecting the movement of bees quickly into Michigan.
March 23, 2012 | Warm weather has blueberries advancing rapidly. Warm rain will be ideal for mummy berry shoot strike infections. Growers need to protect newly emerged leaves against mummyberry shoot strikes.
March 19, 2012 | Irrigation sprinklers can be used to protect plants from freezing when the expected lows are just below freezing. Irrigation will result in severe damage when the low is below the temperature you can protect to.
March 16, 2012 | Improving your farm's air drainage can pay benefits when spring frosts come.
March 16, 2012 | Using ground-based fans to increase the movement of cold air past obstructions and constrictions in natural drainage paths can decrease the likelihood of freeze injury during spring freezes.
March 16, 2012 | Damage from freezes depends on the development stage of the fruit crop. These tables allow you to quickly asses the risk for your tree fruit crops
March 13, 2012 | Modifying the soil to capture and retain more heat is a way growers can reduce spring freeze injury. Weed-free soil retains more heat than freshly cultivated or unmowed sites and a few degrees may make a difference this spring.
July 8, 2011 | Mystery symptoms in blueberries may be glyphosate injury . Shoot removal may be the best option if symptoms are severe.