Michigan Blueberry Pollination Field Day held July 12, 2016

Growers, IPM practitioners and other land managers interested in supporting pollinators and crop pollination are invited to the Michigan Blueberry Pollination Field Day.

Michigan State University Extension and the Integrated Crop Pollination Project are hosting an evening Michigan Blueberry Pollination Field Day on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 in Allegan County. The field day will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at a blueberry farm owned and operated by True Blue Farms, 309 56th St., Pullman, MI 49056. Food will be provided from 5:30 p.m. onward.

We are inviting growers, integrated pest management (IPM) practitioners and other land managers interested in supporting pollinators and crop pollination to attend this event. This workshop is designed to provide growers a more complete understanding of how to support crop pollinators to improve pollination and yield of blueberries, including how to successfully manage pollinator habitat for blueberry production. Participants will receive two RUPs for their renewal of the pesticide applicator license.

There is not a fee to attend this field day, but we request that you pre-register online at Michigan Blueberry Pollination Field Day so we can estimate the number of handouts and light dinner that will be offered to participants. You can also download a flier handout.

Workshop agenda:

  1. State of the Season: Overview of how the blueberry season is going – Carlos Garcia and Mark Longstroth, Michigan State University Extension
  2. Pollinator habitat for blueberries
    1. Overview of blueberry pollinators and major bee groups – Jason Gibbs, MSU Entomology
    2. What is pollinator habitat? – Emily May, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
    3. Long-term pollinator habitat research – what have we learned? – Julia Brokaw, MSU Entomology
    4. Step-by-step habitat implementation – Jared Foster, Native Connections
    5. Cost-share options for pollinator habitat – Heather Varboncoeur, USDA NRCS, Ottawa County
    6. Minimizing pesticide risk to blueberry pollinators – Rufus Isaacs, MSU Entomology

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