Michigan spring peach meeting scheduled for early March

The 2012 Michigan Spring Peach Update is a whole-day meeting with educational sessions and discussions on growing, packing and marketing high quality peaches and nectarines.

Peach growers are always looking for ways to improve their profitability. The Michigan Spring Peach Update is the best annual meeting in Michigan to learn about this crop. The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 6, at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, Mich.

The meeting will focus on fresh market peaches including new peach varieties, insect management strategies, disease control, marketing strategies, ground cover management, farm marketing of peaches, and mechanical peach thinning.

Attendees will be eligible for credits toward their recertification of their Michigan pesticide applicators license, as well as for Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin through reciprocity agreements with these states.

The cost to attend the meeting is $30 per person or $25 for current Michigan Peach Sponsor members. Registrations mailed after March 1 or at the door are $5 more per person. For meeting information, contact the conference coordinator .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 269-944-1477 ext. 205 or go to the Michigan Peach Sponsor website. (Download the registration form).

The Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center is located 2.5 miles east of I-94 exit 30 (Napier Avenue), approximately 4 miles southeast of Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Mich. Numerous accommodations are available close by at I-94 exits 23, 27, 28, and 29 (see map and directions).

This meeting is sponsored by the Michigan Peach Sponsors, Michigan State University Extension, and the Michigan Society for Horticultural Science.

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