Weekly fruit IPM meetings start in southwest Michigan on April 15

Weekly Monday updates on current fruit pest and disease situations begin in Berrien County in April.

Weekly Monday night fruit IPM updates are scheduled to begin April 15 at Bjorge’s Fruit Acres Farm, 3390 Friday Road, Coloma, Mich. (view map). Michigan State University Extension fruit educators Bill Shane, Mark Longstroth and Diane Brown will review the results of their scouting and farm visits with growers every Monday evening. Usually examples of fruit insects, weeds or diseases are shown to help growers make a positive identification or know what to look for in their plantings.

The focus will be on tree fruit, blueberries, grapes and other small fruit. Growers are encouraged to attend and share what they have seen and learn about their options for pest control and other cultural practices. The meetings are attended by as many as 60 growers each week to allow them to stay current with what is happening in fruit crops locally and around Michigan.

These weekly meetings are from 5 to 6:30 p.m. They will run weekly until June 24. (No meeting will be held on May 27, Memorial Day.) Michigan pesticide applicator recertification credits will be available to attendees. No registration is necessary. Growers are invited to bring plant specimens, insects and weeds for diagnosis. New fruit varieties will be shown as the season progresses.

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