Spring tree fruit meeting April 1 in Flint

Tree fruit growers will hear a variety of presentations designed to help prepare them for the 2015 growing season and obtain high-quality fruit crops.

Michigan State University Extension and Michigan State Horticultural Society will be hosting a Spring Tree Fruit Meeting April 1, 2015 at Walli’s Family Restaurant in Flint, Michigan from 9 a.m. to 3:30. Walli’s is located just east of Flint, Michigan at 1341 S. Center Rd., Burton, MI 48509. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and costs $30, which includes educational materials, meal and refreshments (payable at the door).

The meeting agenda is filled with information and topics you will find very useful in growing tree fruit crops this season. Eight MDARD pesticide recertification credits are available and the MSU Extension Bulletin E-154, “2015 Michigan Fruit Management Guide,” will be for sale at $25 per copy.

Take a below at the outstanding list of topics and all-star speakers. A detailed agenda will be available at the meeting.

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

Topics/speakers

  • Two Tough Winters – Jeff Andresen, MSU – FEATURED SPEAKER
  • Tree Fruit Insect and Insecticide Update and Management Option for 2014 – Larry Gut, MSU
  • Tending Stone Fruit That Have Been Damaged by Winter Cold – Bill Shane, MSU Extension
  • Tree Fruit Disease Update – George Sundin, plant pathologist, MSU
  • 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
  • Peach Variety Recommendations as We Move Forward – Bill Shane, MSU Extension
  • Invasive Pest Update and Control Strategies – Larry Gut, MSU
  • Talking to Your Customers About GMO’s and Neonicotinoid Insecticides
  • Apple Thinning Suggestion for 2015 – Phil Schwallier, MSU Extension    
  • Lessons Learned for Italian Apple Growers –Amy Irish-Brown and Phil Schwallier, MSU Extension

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. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested before March 28 by calling 810-244-8555.

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