CANCELED: Preseason Fruit Update
March 30, 2020 - April 2, 2020
Contact: Mark Longstroth
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO MSU'S RESPONSE TO THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS.
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Van Buren: March 30, 2020-MSU Extension
801 Hazen St., Paw Paw, MI 49079
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Berrien: April 2, 2020-Southwest Michigan Research and Education Center
1791 Hillandale Rd., Benton Harbor, MI 49022
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
These meetings are focused on commercial fruit growers and covers insect and disease control in fruits grown in Southwest Michigan. The main focus will be on tree fruit, grape and blueberries. We will review the 2020 MSU Michigan Fruit Management Guide (E154). This resource has pesticide recommendations and management information for fruit insects and diseases. The meeting includes growers sharing their concerns from past seasons, as they look forward to 2020.
Two evening meetings are scheduled with one each in Van Buren and Berrien counties.
Each meeting will cover the same material focusing on new and changed pesticide labels, pesticide spray timing, and pesticide mode of action, effectiveness and longevity. Pesticide resistance management and insect and disease management models will also be discussed. Other topics will include bee safety during pollination and controlling new invasive pests such as spotted wing drosophila (SWD) and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). Bill Shane, the MSU Extension Tree Fruit Educator will concentrate on tree fruits. Mark Longstroth, the Small Fruit Educator will cover blueberries. Dr. Katherine East the new Viticulture Specialist will cover grapes. Mike Reinke, the Berrien County IPM Extension Educator will discuss Spotted Lantern Fly (SLF) and other insect issues. Two Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) credits will be available for Private, Commercial, or 1C (fruit) applicators for recertification.
There is a $5 charge for this meeting and all fruit growers are invited to attend and participate. Registration fees are nonrefundable after registrations closes.