Weekly fruit IPM meetings start April 13 and are now online
Monday updates keep fruit growers current on pest and disease control developments during the growing season.
Fruit integrated pest management (IPM) meetings are held for fruit growers in southwest Michigan nearly every Monday from mid-April through the end of June. Michigan State University Extension educators Mark Longstroth, Bill Shane, Mike Reinke and Katherine East share their results from scouting orchards, vineyards and small fruit fields with area growers to keep them up to date on emerging developments in the area. These meetings, which are traditionally held on a farm in-person, are moving to the internet for 2020.
The 2020 Monday Fruit IPM Updates will be held via Zoom and begin Monday, April 13, 2020, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will run every Monday at the same time until June 29. There is no meeting on May 25 (Memorial Day).
These meetings are for tree fruit, grape, bramble and blueberry growers, as well as area crop consultants. They include a review of current conditions in southwest Michigan fruit plantings and look at upcoming concerns in fruit production and pest management. We include weather forecasts, crop development and emerging insect and disease issues. Topics vary depending on the week and conditions, and growers are invited to email photos of plant and insect specimens ahead of time for diagnosis during the meeting. Information from these weekly meetings is shared with other fruit growers and consultants by weekly reports that can be found on the MSU Extension Fruit & Nuts News page.
Growers must register in advance for these meetings. Once you register, you will be emailed the Zoom login information. Please visit the Zoom website to get familiar with this system.
One Michigan Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) applicator recertification credit for private and commercial fruit (1C) will be available for each meeting. Webinar participants will receive a survey to complete to capture their RUP credentials.