Michigan State University hosts online peach field day

Virtual presentations highlighted peach research at MSU’s Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University Extension and MSU AgBioResearch hosted a virtual field day highlighting peach research Sept. 2 from 6-7:30 p.m.

This event featured video highlights of 2020 stone fruit research trials and presentations from MSU researchers and Extension specialists, followed by time for audience Q&A.

Topics and presenters included:

  • Disease resistance, cold hardiness and fruit characteristics of new nectarine and novel peach varieties
    • Presenter: Bill Shane, senior tree fruit specialist, MSU Extension
  • High-density peach/nectarine training systems and rootstocks
  • Disease resistance, cold hardiness and fruit characteristics of new yellow melting flesh peach varieties
    • Presenter: Bill Shane, senior tree fruit specialist, MSU Extension

“We were able to help growers and other members of Michigan’s peach and nectarine industry learn more about the research that supports their work, from developing and evaluating the performance of new varieties and rootstocks to new peach training system concepts suitable for Michigan's environment,” Shane said.

These research and outreach efforts are supported by Michigan State University, the Michigan Peach Sponsors, the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission, the Michigan State Horticultural Society, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture-Michigan Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

To learn more about other MSU virtual field days, click here.

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