Hands-on hop scouting workshops

Come learn about best scouting practices in the field at the Aug. 10 and 13 hop workshops.

Scouting for hop pests and diseases is critical to environmental and economic sustainability. Michigan State University Extension will be hosting two hop scouting workshops for current hop growers free of charge. These hands-on workshops will include a review of the major hop pests as well as how to scout for and identify them. We will also discuss management considerations. The first workshop is Aug. 10, 5-7 p.m at Hopyards of Kent, 11908 Elkins St NE, Greenville, MI 48838. The second workshop is Aug. 13, 5-7 p.m., at Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, 6686 South Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Growers are encouraged to bring unknown plant and insect samples for diagnosis. Please place samples in sealed bags as courtesy to our host farms. These meetings will be held outside rain or shine, so dress accordingly and plan for inclement weather. Registration is required, but the program is free. Restricted use pesticides will be available. Register online.

Contact me at 231-944-6504 or taylo548@msu.edu with any questions or concerns. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting me to make arrangements. Requests will be fulfilled when possible.

This program is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2013-41534-21068.

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