Monday fruit IPM webinars for southwest Michigan growers start April 5, 2021
These weekly updates keep fruit growers current on pest and disease developments during the growing season.
Fruit integrated pest management (IPM) meetings are held for fruit growers in southwest Michigan nearly every Monday from early April through the end of June. Michigan State University Extension educators Mark Longstroth, Bill Shane and Mike Reinke share their results from scouting orchards, vineyards and fields of small fruit with area growers to keep them up to date on emerging developments in the area. Faculty and specialists from MSU also provide timely information on selected fruit topics. These meetings are traditionally held on a farm in-person but will be held via Zoom for a second season.
The 2021 meetings begin Monday, April 5, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and will run every Monday at the same time until June 28. There is no meeting on May 31 (Memorial Day).
These meetings are for tree fruit, grape, strawberry, bramble and blueberry 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 weekly meetings is shared with other fruit growers and consultants by weekly reports that can be found on the MSU Extension Fruit & Nut page.
You will need to register in advance for these meetings. Shortly before the first 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 Mike Reinke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-239-0808, or Bill Shane at email@example.com or 269-208-1652.
One Michigan pesticide applicator recertification credit for private and commercial fruit (core and 1C) are available for each meeting.