The MSU Blueberry Team is composed of Michigan State University faculty and MSU Extension Educators in the field who work with the blueberry industry and Michigan blueberry growers. Extension Educators respond to grower questions and plan educational meetings and programs based on their knowledge of the industry and industry stakeholder input. MSU Faculty research problems and develop opportunities in the Michigan blueberry industry

MSU Extension personnel

Mark Longstroth is a small fruit Extension Educator for MSU Extension in Southwestern Michigan. He delivers educational programming on small fruit production and business management. His expertise is horticulture and blueberry production.

Carlos Garcia-Salazar is a small fruit Extension Educator providing educational programming for blueberry, strawberry and raspberry production. He his expertise is in entomology (insects) and integrated pest management (IPM).

Faculty specialists

Rufus Isaacs is the small fruit entomology specialist and a faculty member in MSU’s Department of Entomology. His research addresses the biology, behavior, and ecology of insects in small fruit crops, and his applied work aims to develop effective insect pest management programs for growers of these crops.

Eric Hanson is the small fruit horticulture specialist and a faculty member in the Department of Horticulture. His research addresses all horticultural aspects of production, including fertilization, irrigation, and weed control in blueberry, strawberry, raspberry and cranberry. In addition, he provides expertise in the area of fertilization and nutrition requirements of tree fruit crops and grapes.

Jim Hancock is the small fruit breeder and a faculty member in the Department of Horticulture at MSU. His research interests focus on highbush blueberry breeding and genetics to improve fruit quality, increase disease resistance, expand soil adaptations and delay bloom in the highbush blueberry through the use of wild species, in particular Vaccinium darrowi.

Jeff Andresen is the state climatologist for Michigan and a faculty member in MSU's Department of Geography. He is an agricultural meteorologist whose primary focus has been the influence of weather and climate on agriculture, especially within Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. Dr. Andresen is responsible for the operations of Enviro-weather, a website that provides up-to-date weather data and decision-making tools for much of Michigan and Door County, Wisconsin.

John Wise is the research director of the Trevor Nichols Research Complex and a faculty member in the Department of Entomology at MSU. Dr. Wise is the Research and Extension Coordinator of the MSU Trevor Nichols Research Complex (TNRC). His mission is to develop effective pest management strategies in cooperation with MSU researchers and serve as a source of extension information for Michigan fruit industry’s pest management decision-makers.

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