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Benton Harbor, MI 49022
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:
March 20, 2017 | Grape production and climate change to be discussed at kickoff meeting in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
January 3, 2017 | Attend sessions on cover cropping, soil conservation, pest management, horticultural practices, labor and regulations.
September 20, 2016 | Harvest continues with good prospects for weather; consider pre-harvest sprays for insects and downy mildew.
September 6, 2016 | A heavy crop is accumulating sugar. Fourth generation of grape berry moth continues. Expect botrytis in vulnerable varieties.
August 17, 2016 | Heavy rains have relieved drought symptoms, but can cause late-season diseases. Late-season pests are flying.
August 9, 2016 | Veraison is beginning while young vines experience drought stress. A fourth generation of grape berry moth is predicted this year.
July 26, 2016 | Wine grapes are now out of the critical period of disease control, and the third generation control window for grape berry moth begins this weekend or early next week.
July 26, 2016 | Blueberry and peach harvest are in full swing. Spotted wing Drosophila numbers are up as the fly is coming off wild fruit.
July 12, 2016 | Disease pressure remains low and leaf-feeding pests are few. Apply contact insecticides now to control grape berry moth.
July 5, 2016 | Tart cherry harvest is in full swing in southwest Michigan.