Two great chestnut programs offered in Michigan during August 2017

Join us for a chestnut scouting and crop load workshop Aug. 20 in Montague and a nut crop class Aug. 26 in Traverse City.

Chestnut Crop Load and Scouting Workshop, Aug. 20 in Montague

Michigan State University Extension, in cooperation with the Midwest Nut Producers Council and Chestnut Growers, Inc., is offering a free Chestnut Crop Load and Scouting Workshop for chestnut growers to learn about relevant pest problems and how to estimate crop load. The meeting is Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New Era Chestnuts, 6998 S. 44th Ave., Montague, MI 49437. (Please note this meeting has been moved from Pete Conrad’s farm.)

Growers are encouraged to bring unknown plant and insect samples for diagnosis. Please place samples in sealed bags as courtesy to our host farm. The meeting will be held outside in a chestnut orchard, so dress accordingly and plan for inclement weather.

Registration is required, but the program is free. Register online at Chestnut Crop Load and Scouting Workshop 2017. Contact Erin Lizotte at 231-944-6504 or with any questions or concerns, or for accommodations for persons with disabilities.


The address for New Era Chestnuts, LLC is 6998 S. 44th Ave., Montague, Michigan 49437. There is no official address marked on the property, but this should get anyone using Google Maps to the driveway that leads into the property.

If traveling on US-31 either north or south to the chestnut orchard, take Exit 136 on Winston Road and travel west on Winston Road. Turn left (north) at the stop sign, which is 56th Avenue. Travel to West Wilkie Road and turn left (west) and follow road to next stop sign to South 48th Avenue and turn slight right on West Wilkie Road. Continue traveling to next intersection at curve in road, which is South 44th Avenue and turn right. Continue on gravel road north 300 feet, the driveway to the New Era Chestnut orchard is on your right.

Growing Chestnuts and Other Michigan Nut Crops, Aug. 26 in Traverse City

Join Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center, 6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684, for a morning class with Bill Nash of Nash Nurseries and MSU professor emeritus Dennis Fulbright to talk nut crops.

Growing Chestnuts and Other Michigan Nut Crops will feature a good mixture of lecture, hands-on work and sampling interesting nut varieties. We'll begin with the history of nut crops in northern Michigan and go through different types of walnuts, hazelnuts, heart-nuts, butternuts, pecans, hickory nuts and chestnuts. From specific soil PH and fertilization, insect control and various diseases, rootstock and cultivars, to grafting and propagation, this workshop offers something for everyone!

Register online at Growing Chestnuts and Other Michigan Nut Crops.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2013-41534-21068. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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