Fruit IPM season kickoff meetings held in southwest Michigan on March 12 and 19

Pre-season updates for fruit growers on pest and disease control options for 2013.

Hard to believe, but spring is nearly here. It’s time for southwest Michigan fruit growers to be updated on new information by Michigan State University Extension fruit educators and specialists. As part of the meetings, we will review changes in the MSU Extension Fruit Management Guide (E-154), including new management information for tree and small fruit insects and diseases, and new pesticide chemistries being introduced to control them.

Meetings are scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 12 at the Lawrence Conference Center, 490 South Paw Paw St. in Lawrence, Mich. (view map), and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 19 at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Rd. in Benton Harbor, Mich. (view map). Both meetings cover the same material, focusing on agrichemical labels, spray timing, biochemical modes of action, effectiveness and longevity. Pesticide resistance management and insect and disease management models will also be discussed.

Two RUP Private, Commercial or 1C credits will be available. Registration is $5, payable at the door; there is no preregistration necessary. A limited number of Michigan Fruit Management guides (E-154) will be available for $25 at the meeting. They can also be ordered online at the MSU Extension Bookstore or by calling 517-353-6740.

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