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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
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.
March 10, 2016 | Pre-season update for blueberry growers on cultural and pest control strategies for 2016.
March 2, 2016 | These preseason meetings are an update for fruit growers on pest and disease control strategies for the 2016 growing season.
October 16, 2015 | Stresses such as drought, which causes growth to stop and start, can confuse woody perennials and cause out of sync bloom.
October 7, 2015 | Workshops designed to give blueberry growers a better understanding of pollination during bloom.
September 8, 2015 | Apple harvest is starting to take off with Gala and Honeycrisp harvest underway.