Nursery & Christmas Trees

Tree in a tree nursery.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.

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  • HOT TOPICGreat Lakes Cover Crop Initiative field days planned

    August 22, 2011 | Paul Gross | Learn more about cover crops and their benefits at one of two cover crop field days held on Saginaw Bay Watershed farms September 9 and 13.

  • Be phosphorus smart

    August 22, 2011 | Ned Birkey | Follow these suggestions to help prevent phosphorus-containing soils from entering lakes and streams, which can have a negative impact on water quality and oxygen levels.

  • Last call for fall off-campus MSU Applied Plant Science enrollment

    August 17, 2011 | Joanne Davidhizar | MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology will conduct off-campus courses in Applied Plant Science at northwest and southwest Michigan community colleges this fall.

  • HOT TOPICMichigan’s July weather was warmest since 1955

    August 9, 2011 | Jeff Andresen | Hot temperatures created the warmest July since 1955 and the sixth warmest since 1895. The forecast projects cooler temperatures this week.

  • HOT TOPICWhite pine blister rust damage showing up

    August 5, 2011 | Jill O’Donnell and Dennis Fulbright | White pine blister rust cankers can kill branches, and if they are found on the trunk, they can girdle and eventually kill the tree.

  • Southeast Michigan entrepreneurial farm tour

    August 4, 2011 | Dan Rossman | An entrepreneurial farm tour highlighting successful, value added farm ventures will take place in southeast Michigan August 31 and September 1, 2011.

  • HOT TOPICPine shoot beetles active in Scotch and Austrian pine

    August 2, 2011 | Jill O’Donnell | Now is the time to scout Scotch and Austrian pine fields for the new generation of pine shoot beetles. Adults can be found feeding in tunnels down the center of new or 1-year-old shoots.

  • West Michigan summer nursery tour August 17, 2011

    August 2, 2011 | Thomas A. Dudek | Container and field stock nursery growers are invited to tour research and demonstration plots at three Ottawa County nurseries, where MSU and Ohio State University researchers and educators will also discuss a wide range of timely topics.

  • HOT TOPICRainfall “feast or famine”

    August 1, 2011 | Jeff Andresen | Recent rainfall patterns across Michigan have been highly variable, leading to flooding in some areas while others remain unfavorably dry. Outlooks suggest more weather changes may be just around the corner.

  • HOT TOPICTwo more spruce problems that are not herbicide related

    July 29, 2011 | Bert Cregg and Jill O’Donnell | Cooley spruce adelgid and spruce needle rust result in browning of current year’s growth on spruce and may be mistaken for Imprelis damage.

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