Statewide & Regional Fruit Meetings
Regular winter meetings are held in areas of Michigan with high concentrations of fruit farms. Sessions led by MSU Extension fruit educators are designed to help growers learn about and use the most efficient, environmentally sustainable methods to maintain and increase production on their farms. Key meetings include:
- Regional preseason meetings. These meetings for tree fruit growers are scheduled just before the start of the growing season and focus on early spring tasks and emerging issues that are relevant to tree fruit growers. The meetings are held in several locations in southwest, southeast, west and northwest Michigan.
- Strawberry preseason meeting. Participants at this meeting learn about strawberry horticultural practices, and weed and insect control. They also share their production experiences with other strawberry growers.
- Blueberry preseason meetings. This five-session series focuses on emerging issues for blueberry growers. The meetings are attended by about 150 blueberry growers from Michigan, Canada, Indiana and Ohio. The meetings focus on horticultural topics and insect, disease and weed control.
- Grape preseason meetings. Grape management meetings are held each year in southwest and northwest Michigan during the preseason, prebloom and preharvest periods. Sessions focus on viticulture and insect and disease control, and feature specialists in each discipline. Participants also learn about current pest conditions and critical control windows during the season.
- Weekly tree fruit integrated pest management (IPM) updates. These meetings often start in April and continue until the cherry harvest begins in July. Participants learn from local MSU Extension fruit educators about pest conditions, crop development and other emerging issues during the season. The weekly updates cover tree fruit, grapes, blueberries and other small fruit.