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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
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.
May 13, 2016 | Plum growers need to keep on top of black knot, a disfiguring disease that can quickly destroy a tree.
May 3, 2016 | A cool, wet week during bloom has growers applying protectant sprays between rains.
April 19, 2016 | Two blueberry management meetings are scheduled for April 21 in South Haven and April 28 in West Olive.
April 12, 2016 | With warmer weather, fruit tree buds are swelling. Growers should apply early-season sprays.
April 4, 2016 | Cold, windy, snowy weather shouldn’t concern fruit growers as much as calm, clear nights.