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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
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.
June 22, 2011 | Quick action by growers can save significant losses in tree fruit that were damaged in the storms last night (June 21).
June 3, 2011 | Blueberry grower update meetings on June 9 and 16 on Van Buren and Ottawa county farms will cover post-bloom management of pests and fields.
May 12, 2011 | Summer-like heat brings on apple bloom. Thunderstorms cause fire blight infections.
May 11, 2011 | May 11 comments on mummyberry in blueberries and fire blight risk.
May 10, 2011 | A warm week causes a rapid green up as plants move quickly. Many tree fruits are in bloom.