Monday night southwest Michigan fruit IPM meetings are back April 11

These weekly updates, held virtually and in person, will keep growers current on pest and disease developments throughout the season and offer RUP credits.

A blueberry cut in half with a gall wasp larvae laying on top.
The southwest Michigan fruit meetings help growers manage pests, such as this gall wasp larvae in blueberry. Photo by Cheyenne Sloan, MSU Extension.

Join Bill Shane, Mike Reinke and Cheyenne Sloan weekly on Monday nights from 5:30-7 p.m., April 11 to June 27, to discuss timely fruit integrated pest management (IPM) issues. They will share their scouting results from visiting local orchards, fields and vineyards to help local growers stay up to date on local crop conditions and pests and diseases to be prepared for in southwest Michigan.

Much like last year’s webinar series, Shane, Reinke and Sloan’s presentations on their findings from that day will be coupled with relevant presentations from Michigan State University Extension faculty and specialists. This year, they will be using a hybrid format for the meetings. They will host people in person at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center in Benton Harbor, Michigan, as well as broadcast via Zoom. Recordings will be available after the meetings for those that cannot attend live.

These meetings are for all fruit growers, consultants and industry representatives. They include a review of current conditions in southwest Michigan fruit plantings and look at upcoming concerns in fruit production and pest management with an emphasis on weather forecasts, crop development and emerging insect and disease issues. Topics vary depending on the week and conditions.

Growers are invited to email photos of plant and insect specimens ahead of time for diagnosis during the meeting. Information from these meetings is shared with other fruit growers and consultants with weekly reports that can be found on the MSU Extension Fruit and Nuts page.

To attend virtually, you need to register in advance. Shortly before each meeting, you will be sent an email with the link to get into the meeting. These meetings will be conducted using Zoom software. Please visit the Zoom website to get familiar with this system. For any questions or difficulties, contact Cheyenne Sloan at or 269-657-8213, or Mike Reinke at or 573-239-0808.

Register for Monday Night Southwest Fruit IPM Meetings – Virtual Only

Two Michigan pesticide applicator recertification credits for private and commercial fruit (core and 1C) will be available for each meeting for those that attend live in-person and through Zoom.

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