Aug 11, 2022MSU Extension to host its first blueberry field day
The Michigan State University Extension blueberry team is hosting its first field day on Aug. 24.
The event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Trevor Nichols Research Center in Fennville, Michigan.
The free event includes lunch and requires registration, which is available on the MSU website. Registration is available until Aug. 20.
The event will be packed with hands-on educational content focused on commercial blueberry producers. MSU Extension experts from the campus and around the state will share their knowledge and what they have been working in recent seasons.
The emphasis will be on outdoor demonstrations, including entering a “honey bee hive” with apiculture educator Ana Heck, learning about irrigation timing with irrigation specialist Younsuk Dong, and learning more about soil health with cover crop and soil health educator Christina Curell. The program will also include blueberry researchers Tim Miles, talking about research to improve management of fruit rots, Rufus Isaacs discussing methods for sampling fruit to improve management of spotted wing drosophila, and Sushila Chaudhari discussing weed management. MSU’s new small fruit horticulture specialist, Joshua VanderWeide, will attend the event.
The MSU Extension Blueberry Field Day agenda is:
- Welcome – 11:00 a.m. to noon;
- Lunch – Noon-1:00 p.m.; and
- Outdoor hands-on activities – 1:00-4:00 p.m.