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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
August 18, 2015 | Peach harvest is in full swing and early apple harvest has begun.
July 28, 2015 | Peach harvest picks up steam. Oriental fruit moth and San Jose scale numbers are high.
July 7, 2015 | Tart cherry and blueberry harvest are underway with an excellent crop expected.
June 16, 2015 | Wet weather is hampering summer fruit harvest as well as insect and disease control efforts.
May 28, 2015 | Cutting down old blueberry bushes yields a vigorous crop of new shoots.
May 26, 2015 | Warm conditions will move fruit and insects rapidly this week. Blueberries and strawberries are still blooming.
May 5, 2015 | Bloom in tree fruits is progressing rapidly. Warmer weather and rain this week will cause disease problems.
April 28, 2015 | Grape vines are very sensitive to 2,4-D, therefore MDARD has restrictions on the use of 2,4-D for several counties in southwest Michigan.
April 21, 2015 | The dew point and wind conditions impact how likely a freeze will be damaging. Cold, cloudy windy conditions can limit damage.
April 14, 2015 | Last week’s warm rain has greened up turf and plants are moving quickly.