Michigan State University research center to host open house

Visitors to the Michigan State University Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center will have the opportunity to learn about several of the center’s research projects during an open house and field day on Tuesday, August 15.

July 12, 2017 - Author: Holly Whetstone, whetst11@msu.edu, 517-884-3864

SWMREC Field Day

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – Visitors to the Michigan State University (MSU) Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC) will have the opportunity to learn about several of the center’s research projects during an open house and field day on Tuesday, August 15.

Tours, given by MSU faculty and staff members, will cover vegetables, tree fruit, brambles and blueberries for commercial and backyard growers alike. Presenters will examine a variety of topics related to these crops, including rootstock, training systems, cultural management, disease and insect management and high tunnel agriculture. Peach and nectarine varieties, as well as experimental selections from the MSU fruit breeding program, will be on display for both viewing and tasting.

The event is free and open to the public.

  • 12:30 p.m. – Registration opens, socializing
  • 1 p.m. – High tunnel production of brambles and stone fruit
  • 1:45 p.m. – Varieties and disease and cultural management in vegetable plots
  • 2:30 p.m. – Disease and insect management in blueberry plots
  • 3:15 p.m. – Stone fruit training systems and rootstock
  • 4 p.m. – Peach and nectarine varieties display and experimental selection showcase
  • 4:30 p.m. – Light refreshments

An application has been made for Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development pesticide recertification credits for attendees.

To preregister, or for any questions, call 269-944-1477, extension 201. SWMREC is located at 1791 Hillandale Road in Benton Harbor.

Registration information can be found at https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=9E1C4D1AE6458580.

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