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Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
Brad Baughman serves as your Horticulture Educator for Berrien County. His primary responsibilities are to ensure that juice grape and wine grape growers have the informational resources they need to succeed, through teaching, collaboration with researchers, and educational events. Brad also serves as a point of contact for pesticide safety, fruit production, and small-scale agriculture.
He is also adjunct faculty at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac.Other MSU Extension educators who are resources for horticultural crop production in Southwest Michigan:
July 11, 2017 | Grapes continue to size. Attend to canopy management for disease control. Second-generation berry moth egglaying continues.
June 27, 2017 | Bloom is over and grapes are sizing rapidly, with light fungal disease pressure. Grape berry moth egglaying to begin over the weekend.
June 13, 2017 | Hot conditions and dry soils are stressing plants. Growers are irrigating on sandy soils.
June 13, 2017 | Juice grape bloom is open while vinifera are in the pre-bloom period; brief review of available spray materials; instructions on grape berry moth model.
June 6, 2017 | This month’s social features grower-to-grower discussion on soils, weeds, drones and leaf removal tools.
May 31, 2017 | Wild grape bloom is open. Cover fruit for all fungal diseases now. Concord is in the immediate pre-bloom stage.
May 16, 2017 | The first social is May 23 at Fenn Valley. Original deadline of May 17 changed to accommodate last-minute registrations.
May 16, 2017 | Widespread damage from recent frost, wild grape bloom may begin over the next two weeks, and continue protecting against phomopsis and black rot.
May 16, 2017 | The impact of the May 8 freeze is becoming apparent. Some crops were hit hard, other suffered little damage. Warm weather is moving plants and insects rapidly.
May 3, 2017 | There’s a risk of frost damage over the coming week. Low rates of flea beetle feeding have been detected, and phomopsis and powdery mildew protection is needed in susceptible varieties.