Blueberry grower updates focus on early season pests

Two blueberry grower updates in Van Buren and Ottawa counties will focus on early pest control. The first meeting is in South Haven, Thursday April 28.

The first blueberry grower updates of the season are scheduled for Van Buren and Ottawa Counties. These meetings will focus on early season disease control and monitoring early season insect pests such as fruitworms as well as protecting blueberries against freeze damage during bloom.

Speakers at the meetings will be Mark Longstroth, MSUE Small Fruit Educator; Dr. Rufus Isaacs, MSU Small Fruit Entomologist and Dr. Annemiek Schilder, MSU Small Fruit Pathologist. Mark Longstroth will discuss using irrigation systems and other methods to reduce spring freeze injury. Rufus Isaacs, will discuss monitoring for early season pests focusing on cranberry and cherry fruitworms and will update the group on spotted winged drosophila monitoring in Michigan. Annemiek Schilder will discuss early-season disease control, particularly mummy berry.

The Van Buren County meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, at the Lake Michigan College’s South Haven Campus, 125 Veterans Drive, in room 141. The cost of the meeting is $10, which includes dinner. RSVP for the meal count by calling or emailing Mark Longstroth ( or the Van Buren County Extension office at (269) 657-8213 (

The Ottawa County meeting will be held May 5. For more information or to RSVP, contact Judy Hansen (616) 994-4548 (

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