Chestnut scouting workshops in 2016

Growers are encouraged to attend a chestnut scouting workshop Aug. 18 in Clarksville or Aug. 25 in Traverse City.

Photo: Erin Lizotte, MSU Extension.

Photo: Erin Lizotte, MSU Extension.

Scouting for chestnut pests is critical to environmental and economic sustainability. Michigan State University Extension will be hosting two chestnut scouting workshops for current growers. The 2016 workshops will take place Aug. 18, 4-6 p.m., at the Clarksville Horticultural Experiment Station, 9302 Portland Road, Clarksville, MI 48815, and Aug. 25, 4-6 p.m., at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station, 6686 South Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684. These hands-on classes will include a review of major pests including Asian chestnut gall wasp. This year, we will be joined by MSU’s Dean Baas, who will lead a discussion about the value of cover cropping.

Growers are encouraged to bring unknown plant and insect samples for diagnosis. Please place samples in sealed bags as a courtesy to our host farms. These meetings will be held outside rain or shine, so dress accordingly and plan for inclement weather.

Registration is required, but the program is free. Restricted use pesticides have been requested. To register for this event, visit the Chestnut IPM Workshops Event page. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting me at 231-944-6504 to make arrangements. Requests will be fulfilled when possible. Please allow no less than one week notice.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2015-09785. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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