2016 Spring tree fruit meeting March 16 in Flint

Tree fruit growers will hear a variety of presentations designed to help prepare them for the 2016 growing season and obtain high-quality fruit crops.

Michigan State University Extension and Michigan State Horticultural Society will be hosting a Spring Tree Fruit Meeting March 16, 2016, at Walli’s Family Restaurant in Flint, Michigan, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Walli’s is located just east of Flint at 1341 S. Center Rd., Burton, MI 48509. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and costs $30, which includes educational materials, meal and refreshments (payable at the door with cash or check).

The meeting agenda is filled with information and topics you will find very useful in growing tree fruit crops this season. Eight MDARD pesticide recertification credits are available and the MSU Extension Bulletin E0154, “2015 Michigan Fruit Management Guide,” will be for sale at $25 per copy.

Take a look below at the outstanding list of topics and all-star speakers. A detailed agenda will be available at the meeting.


  • 8:30 a.m. – Registration
  • 9 a.m.-noon – Speakers
  • Noon – Lunch (carved roast beef, baked chicken and fried cod)
  • 1-3:30 p.m. – Speakers


  • Tree Fruit Disease Update for 2016 and Fire Blight Management – George Sundin, MSU plant pathologist
  • Protecting Pollinators in Tree Fruit – Megan Milbrath, MSU Entomology Department
  • Tree Fruit Insect and Insecticide Update and Management Option for 2016 – Chris Adams, MSU Gut Lab
  • Food Safety Modernization Act, How Does it Affect Your Farm – Phil Tocco, MSU Extension Jackson County
  • Spotted Wing Drosophila Management in Sweet and Tart Cherries – Nikki Rothwell, MSU Extension
  • Managing Early Season Apple Scab and Apple Maggot Trapping – Amy Irish-Brown, MSU Extension
  • BMSB and SWD Monitoring and Management for 2016m– Julianna Wilson, MSU tree fruit integrator
  • New Approaches for SWD Trapping and Monitoring – Danielle Kirkpatrick, MSU Gut Lab
  • Apple Thinning Suggestion for 2016 – Phil Schwallier, MSU Extension

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