MSU blueberry meetings on post-bloom management issues

Blueberry grower update meetings on June 9 and 16 on Van Buren and Ottawa county farms will cover post-bloom management of pests and fields.

Get an update on managing blueberry fields under this season’s conditions at Michigan State University Extension’s series of IPM meetings for blueberry growers in June. A pair of post-bloom meetings begins next week on Thursday, June 9. The same meeting will repeat in both Van Buren and Ottawa counties. A weed control demonstration meeting is planned for the evening of June 28.

The blueberry IPM meetings feature MSU Department of Plant Pathology’s Annemiek Schilder and MSU Department of Entomology’s Rufus Isaacs. Schilder will focus on disease control after bloom and through harvest, including mid-season disease control, fruit rots, canker diseases and virus diseases, as well as effective fungicide use. Isaacs talk will focus on insect control, including fruitworms, blueberry maggot, an update on spotted wing Drosophila and effective insecticide use. In addition, Carlos Garcia and Mark Longstroth, Extension educators in blueberries, will be available to discuss other topics about the 2011 Michigan blueberry crop.

The first IPM meeting is June 9 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at True Blue Farms, located south of Grand Junction. The second meeting will be in Ottawa County on June 16. The site for the Ottawa County meeting has not been finalized. There is a $10 charge for these meetings that includes dinner and handout materials. Growers need to call the MSU Extension office in the county hosting the meeting so that meal arrangements can be made. For the Van Buren County meeting at True Blue Farms, contact Mark Longstroth at the Van Buren County Extension office at 269-657-8213. For the Ottawa County meeting, contact Judy Hansen at 616-994-4548.

Weed control demonstration on June 28

There is also a weed control demonstration scheduled for 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 28, at the Bocock Farm at 6906 103rd Ave., located north of South Haven. There is no charge and no meal at this meeting. MSU Department of Horticulture’s Eric Hanson will discuss herbicide treatments that were set out this spring to demonstrate the effectiveness of herbicides registered for use in blueberries.

Small green blueberry fruit after bloom
Small green blueberry fruit after bloom.

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