Weekly fruit IPM meetings in southwest Michigan start April 4, 2016

Monday updates keep fruit growers current on pest and disease control developments during the growing season.

Weekly fruit IPM meetings in southwest Michigan start April 4, 2016

Fruit integrated pest management (IPM) meetings are held for fruit growers in southwest Michigan nearly every Monday in April through the end of June. Michigan State University Extension fruit educators Bill Shane, Brad Baughman and I share results from scouting fruit orchards, vineyards and fields of small fruit with area growers to keep them up to date on emerging developments in the area.

These updates are scheduled to begin April 4, 2016, at Bjorge’s Fruit Acres Farm, 2559 Friday Road, south of Coloma, Michigan. The meetings all begin at 5 p.m. and run an hour or so, depending on the topic. The second meeting will be two weeks later on April 18, thereafter the meetings will be weekly and continue until June 30. No meeting will be held May 30, Memorial Day.

These meetings are attended by tree fruit, grape, bramble and blueberry growers as well as area crop consultants. Included is a review of current conditions in the region and a look at upcoming concerns in fruit production as related to weather forecasts, crop development and emerging insect and disease issues. Information from these weekly meetings is shared with other fruit growers and consultants by weekly reports at MSU Extension’s Fruit and Nut Page.

Two Michigan pesticide applicator recertification credits will be available to attendees. No registration or fee is necessary for these meetings, which are open to all. Growers are invited to bring plant specimens for diagnosis.

Farm map

Directions to Fruit Acres Farm.

Below is a listing of the planned Monday meetings.

  • April 4, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • April 11 – no meeting
  • April 18, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • April 25, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • May 2, 5-7 p.m.
  • May 9, 5-7 p.m.
  • May 16, 5-7 p.m.
  • May 23, 5-7 p.m.
  • May 30 – no meeting (Memorial Day)
  • June 6, 5-7 p.m.
  • June 13, 5-7 p.m.
  • June 20, 5-7 p.m.
  • June 27, 5-7 p.m.

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