Spring tree fruit meeting April 10 in Flint

Hear a variety of presentations designed to help you get ready to grow another high-quality fruit crop.

Michigan State University Extension and Michigan State Horticultural Society will be hosting a Spring Tree Fruit meeting for east Michigan fruit growers April 10, 2014, at Walli’s Family Restaurant in Flint, Mich., from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Walli’s is located just east of Flint, Mich., at 1341 S. Center Rd., Burton, MI 48509.

A dynamite list of topics and speakers are lined up for the day-long program. Details are listed below. There will be 8 MDARD pesticide recertification credits available for attendees. The MSU Extension Bulletin E-154, 2014 Fruit Management Guide, will be available for sale at $25 per copy.

Registration cost is $30 and includes educational materials, meal and refreshments. Check or cash is accepted at the door – no preregistration is needed. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested before April 8 by calling 810-244-8555.

If you need directions or have additional questions, contact Bob Tritten at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 810-244-8555.


8:30 a.m. – Registration
9 a.m. to noon – Speakers
Noon – Lunch (carved roast beef, baked chicken and fried cod)
1-3:30 p.m. - Speakers


  • Tree Fruit Insect and Insecticide Update and Management Option for 2014 –Larry Gut, MSU
  • The Winter of 2014: What Made It So Very Different?
  • Stone Fruit Diseases: Brown Rot and Bacterial Canker - Bill Shane, MSU Extension
  • Precision Crop Load Management – Phil Schwallier, MSU Extension
  • Bees and Pesticides –Julianna Wilson, Tree Fruit Integrator, MSU
  • Managing Early Season Apple Scab for Season Long Control – Amy Irish Brown, MSU Extension
  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Update – Bob Tritten, MSU Extension 
  • Invasive Pest Update and Control Strategies –Larry Gut, MSU
  • Managing Cold Damaged Peaches – Bill Shane, MSU Extension
  • Grower Experiences with the H2A Labor Program – Amy Irish-Brown, MSU Extension
  • Bridge Grafting Rodent Damages Apples – Phil Schwallier and Bob Tritten, MSU Extension
  • Apple Thinning After a Big Crop, Guidelines for 2014 – Phil Schwallier, MSU Extension  
  • Michigan Tree Fruit Commission Updated – Allyn Anthony, Michigan State Horticultural Society

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