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Published on April 23, 2019
The small fruit growing season has begun in west central Michigan with the start of the growing cycle of strawberries and blueberries.
Published on June 18, 2019
Adult cranberry fruitworm flight peaked last week in our region, and egglaying began around June 9. Insecticide sprays are necessary now to coincide with the egg hatching period.
Published on May 21, 2019
Pollination, stem gall wasp, fruitworm and disease management are main priorities for blueberry growers that require time and resources this time of year.
Published on July 30, 2019
Monitoring spotted wing Drosophila should be a priority for berry growers. Populations continue increasing and fruit infestations are a potential risk.
Published on July 23, 2019
Spotted wing Drosophila catches increased this week in all fruit growing regions. There is not a threshold number of flies to start control, so initiate chemical control immediately upon detection.
Published on May 28, 2019
Blueberries are in full bloom, but persistent low temperatures and damp conditions are challenging pollination activities. Supplemental bumble bee pollination is the best response to these conditions.
Published on May 15, 2020
Frost/freeze damage evaluation in blueberries.
Published on April 28, 2020
Lower than normal temperatures are delaying small fruit crop growth and development. Blueberries are still in the bud burst stage and strawberries and raspberries are showing the first leaves coming out of the crown.
Published on May 7, 2019
Low temperatures delayed plant growth and development in small fruit crops. Some localized frost damage is observed in west central Michigan.
Published on July 16, 2019
When reviewing your spotted wing Drosophila management program, consider the weather conditions at the target site when selecting the best insecticides.
Published on August 20, 2019
Blueberry harvest continues with good yields and excellent fruit quality. Maintain a strict insecticide application program to keep spotted wing Drosophila under control.
Published on May 19, 2020
Recent light frost events did not affect small fruit crops in west central Michigan despite freezing temperatures ranging from 28 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit.