Attend the statewide pre-harvest strawberry meeting on June 6

Come and learn the latest in strawberry production from the MSU berry team.

Strawberry bloom
Strawberry bloom on May 20, 2019. Photo by Mark Longstroth, MSU Extension.

The Michigan State University Extension berry team is holding a statewide pre-harvest strawberry field meeting on June 6, 2019, from 3-5 p.m. to cover strawberry insect and disease issues, strawberry varieties, weed control and other topics. The field meeting will be at Whittaker’s Berry Farm, located at 6724 Todd Rd, Ida, MI 48140. Our hosts for the meeting will be Bill and Marilyn Whittaker, second generation berry growers.

Strawberry producers and those interested in strawberry production are encouraged to attend the field meeting, which will take place come rain or shine, and include four stops in the field. There is no pre-registration necessary and no fee to attend. With all the rain this farm has had, growers are encouraged to bring their field boots, as it could be muddy still.

Speakers and topics

  • Rufus Isaacs, MSU Department of Entomology, will discuss the five most common strawberry insect pests.
  • Tim Miles, MSU Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, will explain disease issues in strawberries and fungicide resistance.
  • Bob Tritten, MSU Extension, District Fruit Educator, will cover variety selection, weed control and herbicide options.
  • Bill Whittaker will share his innovative approach to monitoring soil moisture conditions.

We have applied for MDARD pesticide recertification credits.

Please contact Bob Tritten with any questions at tritten@msu.edu or 810-244-8555 (office) or 810-516-3800 (cell).

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