Weekly fruit IPM meetings in southwest Michigan have started
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 in April through the end of June. Michigan State University Extension fruit educators Mark Longstroth and Bill Shane will share their results from scouting fruit orchards, vineyards and fields of tree fruit, grapes and small fruit with area growers to keep them up-to-date on emerging developments in the area.
These updates began April 9, 2018, and are held every Monday to the end of June. There will not be a meeting on May 28. The meetings are held at Bjorge’s Fruit Acres Farm, 2559 Friday Rd, Coloma, MI 49038, from 5 p.m. until an hour or so, depending on the topic.
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 the region and a look at upcoming concerns in fruit production. We include weather forecasts, crop development and emerging insect and disease issues. Information from these weekly meetings is shared with other fruit growers and consultants by weekly reports at MSU Extension’s Fruit and Nut page.
Michigan pesticide applicator recertification credits will be available. No registration or registration fee is necessary for these meetings. Growers are invited to bring plant and insect specimens for diagnosis.
Below is a listing of the planned Monday meetings:
- April 9
- April 16
- April 23
- April 30
- May 7
- May 14
- May 21
- May 28 - no meeting
- June 4
- June 11
- June 18
- June 25