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Register and attend one of three Worker Protection Standards (WPS) and Respirator Fit-Testing meetings in January 2018 throughout Michigan.
Growers are encouraged to attend this two-day, premier educational program to discuss important issues for Michigan fruit industry and much more.
The Beginning Farmer Webinar Series provides an information boost to new farm businesses. A new series will begin Jan. 17, 2018.
The February 2018 Wine Grape Vineyard Establishment Conference will provide essential elements for those exploring entry into Michigan’s expanding winery industry.
Millennials tend to be discerning consumers willing to purchase food brands and products that embody their preferences for authenticity, transparency and responsible ingredient sourcing.
Millennials are expected to make farming more efficient and profitable by relying more on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Attend a pre-exam study session this winter if seeking state pesticide applicator certification or recertification credits.
Get the training you need through one of 11 grower training courses that satisfy the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule certification requirement.
As the end of the year approaches, growers can take advantage of the new online Integrated Pest Management Academy and earn six credits towards their Michigan Pesticide Applicators License.
This is a helpful training for people taking the MDARD certification exam to become licensed applicators. To those already licensed, this review session will offer four recertification credits.
The 2017 grape growing season ended with fall frost in northwest Michigan while fruit was still on the vine. What can this mean for harvest and cold acclimation?
Several farms in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have gained MAEAP certification recently, demonstrating commitment to farming in an environmentally sound manner.
Get the training you need with grower training courses that satisfy the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule certification requirement.
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Summary of spotted wing Drosophila activity, harvest status, fruit maturity and innovative thermovinification technology.
Participants at the 2017 IR-4 Food Use Workshop identified the most important research projects for the 2018 IR-4 food-use research program.
Learn about integrated pest management and earn pesticide recertification credits with new, on-demand, online course.
Northwest Michigan wine grape vineyards have decreased spotted wing Drosophila activity, and grapes are proceeding normally through veraison.
September 2017 update on why and how to report sightings of brown marmorated stink bugs to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.
Fruit and vegetable growers across the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting and, in some cases, actively managing for brown marmorated stink bug this season.
Read researchers’ latest findings for managing sour rots and interactions with microbes and vinegar flies.
Harvest of apples is in full swing. A few reports of dock sawfly feeding damage have been reported in apples and brown marmorated stink bug feeding damage continues in apples.
Gala apple harvest continues. Grape harvest has begun. Growers need to be mindful of late season pests, which appear just before harvest.
Review this guide for important requirements, helpful manuals and test information needed to qualify for Michigan Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification.
Program and winery tour will feature internationally Keren Bindon, renowned leader in phenolics and color compounds.
Brown marmorated stink bugs and limited feeding damage continues in apples. Late summer apple varieties are being harvested, and early fall red raspberries are starting to be harvested this week, with blueberry and peach harvest ending soon.
Use MSU Enviroweather to determine whether heat units where you are located are behind, ahead or even as compared to normal.
Harvest continues for peaches and summer apple varieties, with blueberry harvest ending soon. Apple varieties are maturing earlier than predicted. Dry soils remain an issue for most of the region.
Warm, dry weather continues pushing fruit along. Growers are harvesting peaches, plums, pears and early apples. Blueberry harvest is ending.
Scattered brown marmorated stink bug feeding damage is starting to be found in apples, with apple maggot flight remaining strong across the region.
Fruit and vegetable growers across the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting and preparing to actively manage for brown marmorated stink bugs this season.
Grower-to-grower education continues with new sprayer technology and research on harvest time pests at Round Barn Winery in Baroda, Michigan.
Brown marmorated stink bugs are being caught in traps in apple blocks, with spotted wing Drosophila and apple maggot populations remaining high.
Join us in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to find out what’s “bugging” your crops and what you can do about them using informed decisions and sustainable approaches.
Trap catches continue to climb in all fruit producing regions. The summer surge is three to four weeks earlier than previous seasons. Ripe and ripening fruit in susceptible crops must be protected.
Spotted wing Drosophila populations are very high for this time of season, and apple maggots are starting to be caught in traps. Hail damage is more common than reported a few weeks ago.
Disease pressure is light. Grape berry moth egglaying is ending and SWD catch is up, which may be a problem after veraison.
Trap catches are sharply up in southwest, southeast, Fruit Ridge and west central Michigan. Ripe and ripening fruit in susceptible crops should be protected.
For those interested in new farm enterprises, these recorded presentations by MSU Extension educators and other experts offer a free, online opportunity to learn about the basics.
Join Michigan State University for an afternoon tour of the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center projects on Aug. 15, 2017, in Benton Harbor.
Eighty percent of all SWD cup traps have captured SWD since the beginning of the season. Best practices for minimizing fruit infestation are reviewed. Start now!
Tart cherry, summer red and black raspberry harvest continues, with blueberry harvest starting at some farms. Much-needed rain swept through the region, bringing hail to several farms.
Learn about wine and juice grape management practices, equipment and research findings at Viticulture Field Day on July 26.
Symptoms of black rot, Phomopsis, downy mildew, powdery mildew and anthracnose are common in unsprayed or minimally sprayed vineyards.
Grapes continue to size. Attend to canopy management for disease control. Second-generation berry moth egglaying continues.
Much needed rain came to Lenawee and Monroe counties. Harvest continues for sweet and tart cherries, summer red raspberries and saskatoons. Strawberry harvest continues at a few farms.
Young fruit clusters are highly susceptible to all major diseases. Broad-spectrum fungicides and careful scouting for disease symptoms are advised.
Sweet and tart cherry harvest is starting. Summer red raspberry and saskatoon harvest continues. Strawberry harvest continues across the mid and northern parts of the region.
Another jump was seen in flies caught in monitoring traps. Ripening sweet and tart cherries and early ripening blueberry cultivars are vulnerable. Monitoring for this pest is critical as crops become susceptible.
Bloom is over and grapes are sizing rapidly, with light fungal disease pressure. Grape berry moth egglaying to begin over the weekend.
More spotted wing Drosophila have been caught in monitoring traps, with higher catches at minimally-managed sites in southwest Michigan. Monitor for this pest when crops become susceptible.
Strawberry harvest continues across the region, summer red raspberry and saskatoon harvest is just getting underway and sweet cherry harvest will begin in a few days.
Strawberries are in harvest with the first and the second harvest having good fruit quality but prevailing hot and dry weather conditions are cutting short the harvest season.
Strawberry harvest continues across the region, although some farms have limited picking due to poor fruit quality. Soils remain dry at most farms.
Juice grape bloom is open while vinifera are in the pre-bloom period; brief review of available spray materials; instructions on grape berry moth model.
Strawberry harvest is underway for growers in the southern parts of the region and will begin over the weekend or early next week for others. Soils are dry at many farms.
Some traps in the network are already capturing SWD flies at low levels. Monitor for this pest when crops are starting to become susceptible.
The Pipeline Ag Safety Alliance provides excellent resources to avoid trouble with underground utility lines on your farm.
Strawberry growers in the southern parts of the region will begin harvest in the next four to five days. Our season has jumped ahead again with warm temperatures last week.
The extent of frost and freeze damage in apples is more extensive than most growers anticipated. Sorting out frost damage from lack of pollination is a challenge this season.
Bridging the Experience Gap is an educational program for young professionals involved in agriculture who want to sharpen their skills and better understand production systems.
The first social is May 23 at Fenn Valley. Original deadline of May 17 changed to accommodate last-minute registrations.
Widespread damage from recent frost, wild grape bloom may begin over the next two weeks, and continue protecting against phomopsis and black rot.
The impact of the May 8 freeze is becoming apparent. Some crops were hit hard, other suffered little damage. Warm weather is moving plants and insects rapidly.
Growers are assessing damage from last week’s cold events, and with warm and wet conditions in the forecast, applications are being made to prevent diseases.
Monday morning’s freeze caused some damage to fruit, some areas hit harder than others. Temperatures were not cold enough to cause widespread severe damage.
Frosty conditions for the last four mornings have concerned some fruit growers. Cold temperatures over the last week have dramatically slowed growth of fruit crops as well as insect development.
The third week of June 2017 is National Pollinator Week, and Michigan State University’s Department of Entomology will be involved in several events to celebrate our fuzzy friends.
Video presents how grape growers can use MSU Enviroweather, a weather-based information system for pest and vineyard management.
Kellogg Community College joins Glen Oaks Community College and Southwestern Michigan College as partners with Michigan State University (MSU) Institute of Agricultural Technology.
There’s a risk of frost damage over the coming week. Low rates of flea beetle feeding have been detected, and phomopsis and powdery mildew protection is needed in susceptible varieties.
Based in Leelanau County, Thomas Todaro will bring a variety of viticulture research experience to Michigan State University Extension.
With cooler temperatures and rain over the last five days, pollination of apples is a concern. Our season is running about seven to 10 days ahead of normal for bloom dates.
This 2017 program will feature information on sour rot management, insect trapping methods, a research plot update and a comparative tasting of Riesling wines from around the world.
Warm weather has moved plants quickly. Peaches and sweet cherries are blooming. Insecticides should not be used during bloom.
Learn about the research investigating if the insecticide Movento can provide long-term protection against phylloxeration in own-rooted Vitis vinifera vines in Michigan.
Bloom opened in apricots and plums during the warm weekend. Avoid spraying open bloom during the middle of the day. Insecticides should not be used during bloom.
Pollinators and pesticides expert Meghan Milbrath will discuss research on which practices are known to harm pollinators and ways to minimize the risk.
Growers will need a medical evaluation and respirator fit test to handle and apply some pesticides this season.
Learn results on Riesling with cluster zone leaf removal around bloom to reduce fruit set and consequently reduce cluster compactness.
Michigan has released its draft plan to protect managed pollinators from pesticide threats. This joint effort is designed to provide clear actions that can be taken to reduce pesticide exposure to bees.
Summary of insecticide and miticide label additions, clarifications and corrections to the 2017 Michigan Fruit Management Guide (E0154).
Monday updates keep fruit growers current on pest and disease control developments during the growing season.
One way to be eligible for recertification as a pesticide applicator in Michigan is to earn a designated number and type of continuing education credits before your certification expires. How does that work?
In Michigan, it is illegal to sell, purchase or apply restricted use pesticides without holding a valid pesticide applicator’s certification or working on your own farm under the direct supervision of someone who does. What is that and how do you get one?
This survey will help researchers identify impacts of spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) on fruit growers and look for new management tactics and programs, improved insecticide efficacy and SWD training.
Warm weather has fruit crops growing. Now is the time for dormant sprays to control early diseases in stone fruit (peaches, plums and cherries), blueberries and raspberries.
Training programs tie how to fly Unmanned Aerial Systems, or drones, together with data collection and geographic data analysis.
Join us in Cadillac as we address what’s next for Michigan agricultural production and resource management.
Input from wine grape growers through this survey will help researchers determine interest in a method to protect popular grape varieties from extreme cold.
The Beginning Farmer Webinar Series generated new farm businesses and employment opportunities. A new series will begin Jan. 30, 2017.
Frequently asked questions regarding the new Worker Protection Standards requirements for medical evaluations and fit testing for respirator use.
Growers can learn about recent research results on spotted wing Drosophila in webinar on Jan. 25, 2017.
Attend sessions on cover cropping, soil conservation, pest management, horticultural practices, labor and regulations.
The goal of this English/Spanish program is to increase access to Farm Services Agency (FSA) programs and services to Michigan small fruit growers.
Prospective winery licensees will obtain basic information about starting a winery or hard cider business in Michigan by participating in the one-day winery development conference to be held Feb. 22, 2017.
Michigan State University releases new resource on useful information for managing spotted wing Drosophila in organic small fruit production.
Why are so many Michigan pollinator planning efforts being developed? Let’s take a closer look at three programs and plans currently forming.
Join us Nov. 28, 2016, for the latest information on issues facing bees and the solutions being developed to support crop pollination.
Heroes to Hives aims to support military veterans by teaching the profession of beekeeping. Applications to attend the program can be submitted through Dec. 15, 2016.
Up to five commercial or private core pesticide recertification credits are available for Michigan applicators until Dec. 31, 2016. No registration or fees required.
Important management recommendations for growers who still have late ripening fruit to harvest. Damaged apples have been reported in Golden Delicious and other early ripening varieties harvested from trees at orchard margins.
Participants at the 2016 IR-4 Food Use and Biopesticide Workshop identified the most important research projects for the 2017 IR-4 food-use research program.
This survey will help determine the prevalence of grape viruses in Michigan that cause production problems. Samples included in survey can be submitted until Oct. 14, 2016.
Nymph and adult trap counts continue climbing, especially in the southwest and Fruit Ridge production areas. Fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting.
Harvest continues with good prospects for weather; consider pre-harvest sprays for insects and downy mildew.
Michigan beer, hard cider, and wine producers are invited to exhibit at the MSU Product Center Making it in Michigan Trade Show for the first time ever.
Nymphs and adults continue to be captured in traps located in southwest and fruit ridge production areas. Fruit and vegetable growers in southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting.
Stakeholders gave their input on developing Michigan’s Managed Pollinator Protection Plan at recent listening sessions. More meetings are available to attend.
There was an uptick in brown marmorated stink bug nymphs and adults caught in traps this week. Fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting this season.
A heavy crop is accumulating sugar. Fourth generation of grape berry moth continues. Expect botrytis in vulnerable varieties.
Peach and pear harvest continues. Apple harvest is beginning. Rains have impeded blueberry harvest and wet, humid conditions are good for diseases and insect pests.
Fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting for brown marmorated stink bugs this season.
High risk of infestation of fruit continues to be expected. Susceptible crops must be protected. This is the final SWD report of 2016.
Egglaying by fourth generation grape berry moth should begin during the next week across the region. Recent heavy rain and morning dew will increase the risk of downy mildew.
The season-long drought that began for most growers in mid-May appears to be over, especially after another week with good precipitation.
Strong winds and tornados caused localized problems across blueberry production areas. Peach harvest is proceeding rapidly and Bartlett pear harvest has started.
Beekeepers, growers and others interested in the health of honey bees are invited to listening sessions to discuss pesticide use and bees.
There are many underground pipelines delivering natural gas and hazardous liquids on many farms in Michigan. Any farm activity involving soil depth greater than 12 inches should be preceded by an “811 call.”
Fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting for brown marmorated stink bugs this season.
Join us Aug. 25, 2016, for free wagon tours, sessions on wine grapes and tree fruit, and wine tasting and dinner in Traverse City, Michigan.
Much needed rain has finally come to almost all of east Michigan, bringing relief from the season-long drought for most fruit growers.
With first detection of brown marmorated stink bug nymphs occurring this season in southwest Michigan, fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting for nymphs.
Traps continue to catch high numbers of spotted wing Drosophila flies. As high risk of infestation continues to be expected, susceptible crops must be protected.
Drought conditions continue at most farms. Harvest continues for peaches, summer apples, plums, blueberries, blackberries and fall raspberries.
Late-season pests are flying. Peach volumes are increasing during the harvest of mid-season varieties. Blueberry harvest is winding down.
Veraison is beginning while young vines experience drought stress. A fourth generation of grape berry moth is predicted this year.
With GroupGAP, growers can get certified under the same GAP Certification, a fit for some groups of growers. Check these significant considerations first.
Washing fruits and vegetables properly in a dunk tank or hydrocooler can help extend shelf life and improve food safety. Improper washing increases the risk of a small food safety problem becoming a big one.
First detection of brown marmorated stink bug nymphs this season in southwest Michigan; fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting for nymphs.
Trap catches continue to remain high, especially near untreated plantings. High risk of infestation continues to be expected; susceptible crops must be protected.
Spotted wing Drosophila numbers rose drastically in the last week. In apples, codling moth management is underway and a few apple maggots have emerged.
Weekend precipitation came to a few farms, but drought conditions continue at most. Last week saw first trap catch of brown marmorated stink bug. Red Haven peach harvest started over the weekend for southern growers.
Fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting for brown marmorated stink bug this season.
Trap catches remain high, especially near untreated plantings – high risk of infestation continues to be expected – susceptible crops must be protected.
Wine grapes are now out of the critical period of disease control, and the third generation control window for grape berry moth begins this weekend or early next week.
Drought conditions continue across the region. Harvest continues for blueberries and early Japanese plum varieties. Spotted wing Drosophila trap catch numbers are building.
Blueberry and peach harvest are in full swing. Spotted wing Drosophila numbers are up as the fly is coming off wild fruit.
Spotted wing Drosophila trap catch and apple maggot numbers took a big jump this week. A few tenths of an inch of precipitation came to some fruit farms Thursday afternoon, while most others received none. Our drought continues across the region.
Big jump in trap catches this week – high risk of infestation expected across the state – susceptible crops must be protected.
Register to attend this Aug. 2, 2016, field day where MSU researchers will demonstrate optimal plants for season-long support of crop pollinators and biocontrol agents.
Disease pressure remains low and leaf-feeding pests are few. Apply contact insecticides now to control grape berry moth.
Recent rains eased drought conditions for some farms. Sweet cherry harvest has finished for some and continues for others. Harvest continues for tart cherries, summer red raspberries, blueberries and early peach varieties.
The drought continues over east Michigan, with plant stress signs becoming more common. Strawberry harvest has finished. Sweet and tart cherry and summer red raspberry harvest continues. Early blueberry and peach varieties are being harvested.
Bird damage may be more intense in dry years as birds turn to fruit to meet their nutrition and hydration needs. Fruit growers can employ one or more bird deterrent strategies.
MDARD has partnered with the Metro Institute to offer computer-based testing for state pesticide certification exams.
Grape berries are beginning to size, disease incidence remains relatively low and treatment date for grape berry moth approaches.
Soils are very dry, creating drought stress in tree and small fruits. Strawberry harvest has finished in southern parts of our region, and sweet and tart cherry and summer red raspberry harvest is getting underway.
Spotted wing Drosophila management is underway in susceptible fruit crops, and sweet cherry harvest will begin early next week.
Strawberry harvest continues, with sweet cherry and summer red raspberry harvest just around the corner. Dry soils are prevalent, especially for growers north of the I-94 corridor.
Measure soil moisture and irrigation equipment output to ensure timely application of the right amount of water uniformly across your field.
Fire blight symptoms have appeared in apple orchards and growers are actively protecting trees, fruit, and foliage from diseases prior to a possible thunderstorm on Wednesday.
Disease symptoms are becoming more apparent. Continued monitoring and preventive fungicide sprays are advised to protect developing fruit after fruit set.
Yellow spots recently noticed on grape leaves are not downy mildew, but continued scouting is advised as downy mildew could occur in the near future.
MSU research has identified the best plants for supporting pollinators and natural enemies. At this Aug. 2 workshop, you can see the plants and learn how to use them on your farm or garden.
Farmers received much-needed rain, but most of the region has had dry soils for the last three weeks. Apple growers saw fruit drop over the past week.
The hot weather in late May led to a large June drop in tree fruit. Strawberry harvest is underway. Grape bloom has begun.
Fruit are beginning to size, and northwest Michigan has an excellent crop of sweet and tart cherries. Apples are also setting well.
Horticulture and agronomic crop growers can learn the latest on drones or unmanned aerial systems from a series of eXtension webinars.
Unusually warm weather this past week has rapidly pushed fruit growth and degree-day totals. Apple growers have been very actively thinning apples to drop some fruit.
Fire blight is still a concern for apple growers for the rest of the week. We had three frost events in the past week, but no flower bud damage is expected.
Bloom period has been long for tree fruit growing in east Michigan. Recent cold temperatures were very close to causing flower bud damage for some growers.
The northwest region is in bloom in sweet and tart cherries, and blossoms are opening in apples. The predicted warm weather will improve bee activity and pollination services.
Weather has been warm and dry, wet and cold and finally windy and cold. Cool weather during bloom has extended bloom in tree fruit and blueberries.
MSU Extension is hosting several in-season integrated pest management meetings in 2016 for all grape growers and any other individuals interested in juice or wine grape production.
Michigan grape growers will learn about identifying, life cycle, symptoms and treatments of grape mealybug, tobacco and tomato ringspot virus and grape leafroll virus.
Another cool, wet week is in the forecast. Growers should assess fruit set to prepare for apple thinning sprays when warm weather returns next week.
Sweet cherries are blooming across the region, and honey bee hives have been strong and active for pollination so far.
With cooler than normal temperatures over the last week, growth and development of our fruit crops have been at a standstill.
Temperatures are predicted to be cooler than normal. Despite green tissue visible on most tree fruits, development will move slowly for the next seven to 10 days.
Our growing season is ahead of normal for most areas of east Michigan, except for fruit farms close to Lakes Huron and Erie.
The recent warmup kick-started tree development, and apple scab could be a concern with rain predicted later this week.
Fruit buds have burst and leaves and flowers are emerging quickly. Growers have protectant sprays on before the rains later this week.
Unseasonal warm temperatures over the weekend and early this week resulted in at least a weeks’ worth of growth in east Michigan fruit crops.
Farmers will discover what makes a healthy soil and management practices for healthy soils at Agriculture Innovation Day on Aug. 24, 2016, in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
With warmer weather predicted for later in the week, fruit growth will get moving again after two weeks of standing still.
Off-campus MSU IAT certificate programs are available through partnerships with community colleges.
This program features presentations on vineyard sprayer technology, grape diseases and a comparative tasting of Michigan wines.
This is the first of several in-season integrated pest management meetings for all grape growers and those interested in juice or wine grape production.
These preseason meetings are an update for fruit growers on pest and disease control strategies for the 2016 growing season.
Farms should think about different strategies to fill their labor needs in 2016 and beyond. Consider any and all of these options and strategies to obtain needed workers in the future.
Clean plants for the future of the Eastern Wine and Grape Industry webinar series to start March 10, 2016.
Direct farm marketers can start anew with tips for selling, and exploring institutional sales by participating in the Direct Farm Marketing Update, March 9.
Join us March 19, 2016, as we address what’s next for Michigan agriculture production and land management.
Farms exempt from the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act produce rule still have to keep records to prove exemption and identify yourself at points of sale.
Michigan State University will host its first Agriculture Innovation Day: Focus on Soils on Aug. 24, 2016, at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Save the date for Michigan’s first Highland Ag and Natural Resources Conference, March 19, 2016, to learn what’s next for Michigan agriculture.