2016 Blueberry Kickoff Meeting on March 21

Pre-season update for blueberry growers on cultural and pest control strategies for 2016.

Airblast tower sprayer applying an early season spray in blueberries.

Airblast tower sprayer applying an early season spray in blueberries.

Michigan State University Extension blueberry team’s annual Blueberry Kickoff Meeting will be March 21, 2016, at the MSU Trevor Nichols Research Center, 6237 124th Ave, Fennville, MI 49408. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. and conclude about 5 p.m. Three RUP credits will be available to certified pesticide applicators in Private and Commercial fruit. There is a $5 registration fee to cover break snacks and handouts.

To attend, please register online at the 2016 Blueberry Kickoff Meeting Registration page. You can also register by calling or emailing me at 269-873-8983 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Mary Frein at 616-994-4540 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Preregistration provides us with information for planning the number of handouts and audience seating.

Topics to be covered at this meeting include:

  • Introduction and Updates on 2016 Blueberry Meetings, Mark Longstroth and Carlos Garcia Salazar, MSU Extension small fruit educators for Van Buren and Ottawa counties
  • Updates from the Michigan Blueberry Industry, MBBAC and USHBC representatives
  • What Does the 2016 Growing Season Look Like? Jeff Andresen, MSU climatologist
  • Blueberry Weed Control, Bernie Zandstra, MSU Horticulture professor
  • Blueberry Nutrition Update, Eric Hanson, MSU Horticulture professor and Extension specialist
  • Enviro-weather Update, Beth Bishop, MSU Enviro-weather coordinator
  • Blueberry Irrigation and Spring Freeze Control Options, Mark Longstroth, MSU Extension small fruit educator, Van Buren County
  • Update on FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act), Carlos Garcia Salazar, MSU Extension small fruit educator, Ottawa County
  • Blueberry Insect and Insecticide Update, Rufus Isaacs, MSU Entomology professor
  • Early Season Blueberry Disease Control Update, Annemiek Schilder, MSU Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences professor

Growers with special needs may request assistance by contacting me at 269-873-8983 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Mary Frein at 616-994-4540 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Carlos Garcia at 616-260-0671 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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