Blueberry grower updates focus on early season pests
Two blueberry grower updates in Van Buren and Ottawa counties will focus on early pest control. The first meeting is in South Haven, Thursday April 28.
The first blueberry grower updates of the season are scheduled for Van Buren and Ottawa Counties. These meetings will focus on early season disease control and monitoring early season insect pests such as fruitworms as well as protecting blueberries against freeze damage during bloom.
Speakers at the meetings will be Mark Longstroth, MSUE Small Fruit Educator; Dr. Rufus Isaacs, MSU Small Fruit Entomologist and Dr. Annemiek Schilder, MSU Small Fruit Pathologist. Mark Longstroth will discuss using irrigation systems and other methods to reduce spring freeze injury. Rufus Isaacs, will discuss monitoring for early season pests focusing on cranberry and cherry fruitworms and will update the group on spotted winged drosophila monitoring in Michigan. Annemiek Schilder will discuss early-season disease control, particularly mummy berry.