Annual Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show will be Jan. 17-18, 2017

Growers are encouraged to attend this two-day, premier educational program to discuss important issues for Michigan fruit industry and much more.

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The 2017 Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show is scheduled for Jan. 17-18, 2017, at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, and the cost for both days is $35, which is payable at the door. The line is often long at the registration desk, so meeting attendees are encouraged to arrive well before the 9 a.m. start time. Both days will feature educational programs and vendor exhibits.

The fruit industry luncheon will be held Tuesday, which is sponsored by Gillison’s Variety Fabrication and GreenStone Farm Credit Services. The Cherry Marketing Institute annual meeting and luncheon will be Wednesday. Both lunches are free to attendees. Tuesday’s luncheon is free to attendees. Wednesday’s luncheon is free to cherry growers if they pre-register with Cherry Marketing Institute (more information below about registering).

The exhibit hall will be open during the show to feature vendors of orchard and vineyard equipment and supplies, commodity organizations and other exhibitors.

Tuesday and Wednesday will offer a variety of topics relating to research and information on tart cherries, sweet cherries, apples, wine grapes, berry crops and saskatoons, addressing production and marketing. Tree fruit topics include spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) monitoring and management strategies, an update on non-bearing Ulster sweet cherries, trends on cherry imports, tart cherry crop insurance and diversion, and pollination. The wine grape session will focus on bees, wasps and SWD in the vineyard, a newly released virus survey, an update on the Michigan Wine Grape Collaborative, and insurance for wine grapes. The afternoon will conclude with a social hour featuring local food and wines, sponsored by Crop Production Services.

Wednesday’s general sessions will open with the annual meeting of the Cherry Marketing Institute followed by their luncheon, which is free to cherry growers if they pre-register with Cherry Marketing Institute by calling 517-669-4264 or emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The afternoon tree fruit session will feature topics such as fire blight in apples, cover crops, plant growth regulator use, and will end with a panel of growers discussing the H2A program for labor in orchards.

New to 2017 will be an afternoon session on the second day that will target small-scale or backyard berry growers and SWD. This pest is new to many of these growers, and this educational program will help them identify SWD, learn how to monitor for it and how to best control this pest in raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.

The program is co-sponsored by the Grand Traverse Fruit Growers’ Council, Michigan State University Extension, MSU AgBioResearch, Cherry Marketing Institute, Parallel 45 and the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center.

For more information on the Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show, please call Jenn Zelinski at 231-946-1510 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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