Nursery & Christmas Trees
Michigan’s climate, soils, and centralized location combine to make Michigan a national leader in the production of landscape nursery stock and Christmas trees. Michigan State University Extension’s programing for the nursery and Christmas tree industries involves field Extension educators, campus based Extension specialists and researchers who provide timely and relevant educational programming. Our goal is deliver the latest science-based information to keep Michigan producers competitive and profitable in today’s economy.
August 28, 2014 | Jill O’Donnell | Douglas fir needle midge larvae cause galls to form on current-year needles. Infested needles drop from the tree in the fall, usually just before harvest. Severe infestations can cause needle loss, a serious problem for Christmas trees.
August 28, 2014 | Jill O’Donnell | The Third Edition of the Christmas Tree Pest Manual is now available both online and in print.
August 28, 2014 | Jim Isleib | Low cost land and a laidback lifestyle may seem appealing, but the basics of successful farming in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are the same as everywhere else: careful planning, efficient use of resources, adaptability, commitment and good luck.
August 27, 2014 | Mark Thomas | Southwest Michigan Hispanic Grower Cooperation improving profitability through farmer educational knowledge
August 25, 2014 | Diane Brown | Magnolia scale is entering the crawler stage, the stage most vulnerable to control.
August 21, 2014 | Tom Dudek | Bagworms are becoming an insect pest that Michigan nurseries need to scout for. Lifecycle, damage and control measures are discussed.
August 15, 2014 | Curtis Talley Jr. | Irrigation water costs and availability in Michigan are considerably different than California in 2014.
August 15, 2014 | Jill O’Donnell | Extra moisture this summer may cause springtails to be abundant in nursery beds. The majority of springtails are beneficial eating bacteria, fungi, algae and decaying vegetation.
August 8, 2014 | Erin Lizotte | Spruce spider mites are being found on Douglas fir, a species typically not infested with this mite. Check all Christmas tree species and consider that mild temperatures this summer may lead to mite populations building earlier than usual going into fall.
August 7, 2014 | Jill O’Donnell | Missing or browning foliage of conifers in the early summer may be the first signs of a sawfly infestation.
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Date: Oct 30, 2014 - Nov 2, 2014
Location: Amway Grand Plaza,Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Biological Control of Insect Pests in Forested Ecosystems (E2679)
- Boxwood blight disease identified in North America
- Conducting a Water Application Uniformity Evaluation for a Micro Irrigation System in the Nursery
- Conducting a Water Application Uniformity Evaluation for an Overhead Sprinkler Irrigation System
- Enviroweather Weather Data and Pest Modeling
- Farm Soil Sampling
- Greenhouse Energy Conservation Strategies (E3160)
- Growing Michigan Agriculture Proceedings
- Integrated Pest Management Resources
- Michigan Christmas Tree Growers Association
- Michigan State University Christmas tree Area of Expertise Team
- Michigan State University Department of Forestry
- MSU Diagnostics Lab
- Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) test locations
- Soil and Plant Nutrient Lab
- Weather - Drought
- Weather - Winter Injury in Plants