2017 Tree Fruit IPM School registration is now open

Learn key challenges in orchard systems and how to optimize IPM strategies at Feb. 1-3 Tree Fruit IPM School.

Photo: Amy Irish-Brown, MSU Extension
Photo: Amy Irish-Brown, MSU Extension

Registration is now open for the 2017 Michigan State University Tree Fruit IPM School, held Feb. 1-3 at Hotel Indigo in Traverse City, Michigan. The school will feature speakers that will address key challenges in orchard systems and how we can maintain and optimize integrated pest management (IPM) strategies in the 21st century, particularly in relation to invasive insect pests that have changed these strategies.

We will also explore orchard diseases and how to balance disease control and resistance management. Participants will learn how to identify and differentiate symptoms of traditional orchard insect pests, newer invasive species, diseases and physiological disorders. Lastly, we have included important horticultural strategies to grow high quality fruit.

We are pleased to announce three guest speakers are on our lineup this year. Tracy Leskey of USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Appalachian Fruit Research Station will join us to share the experience and status of brown marmorated stink bug management from the perspective of growers in eastern states. She will also present her latest research on spotted wing Drosophila. Lailiang Cheng of Cornell University will address nutritional issues of apples including nutrient requirements of Gala and mitigating bitter pit in Honeycrisp. Finally, Sara Villani of North Carolina State University Extension will discuss how to resist SDHI fungicide resistance and her latest research on apple scab management.

The cost of registration is $175 and includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, refreshments and beverages for the Pub Quiz Social Hour, and a binder with course materials. Dinner and lodging are on your own. Don’t forget to mention MSU IPM Fruit School for a discounted room rate at Hotel Indigo until Jan. 22.

To register, please mail a check made payable to Michigan State University and a completed registration form to:

Jenn Zelinski
NW MI Horticultural Research Center
6686 S. Center Hwy
Traverse City, MI 49684

Registration is due by Jan. 16, but must be post-marked by Jan. 11. Questions? Please contact Emily Pochubay (pochubay@msu.edu) or Jenn Zelinski (goodr100@msu.edu), 231-946-1510.

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks our sponsors for their generous donations to support this year’s school: Crop Production Services, Wilbur-Ellis, DuPont, Syngenta, Dow AgroSciences and Bayer CropScience.

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