Michigan State University Extension

Southwest Grape Grower’s Kickoff meeting set

Recent volatile weather has stirred interest in the impact of climate change. How might short- and long-term changes in the climate affect our ability to grow juice and wine grapes in Michigan? What can we... more »

MSU hosting SWD Summit Nov. 9

Michigan State University Extension, MSU AgBioResearch and the Cherry Marketing Institute will host the 2016 Spotted Wing Drosophila Summit on Nov. 9, at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center in Traverse City, Michigan, from 8:30 a.m.... more »

Integrated Crop, Pest Management Update set for Dec. 20

Michigan State University Extension and Eaton County MSU Extension will host the 2016 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion for... more »

Fall to-do list between harvesting apple varieties

While everyone feels very busy this time of year in apple orchards and the crop potential is huge, there might occasionally be a few open days between harvesting varieties as you wait for fruit maturity.... more »

Fruit temperature important going into storage

Fruit are ripening ahead of normal harvest dates this year in all regions following this warm summer. My recommendation is to push through harvest to the extent possible, as weather is likely to deteriorate soon.... more »

Ron Perry stepping down from full-time duties

Ron Perry, a long-time professor of horticulture at Michigan State University (MSU), retired from his full-time duties Sept. 1. Perry, 69, has been working with Michigan’s fruit industry for 36 years – and plans on... more »

Pathologist hits back against fire blight

Fire blight and apple scab are the two biggest disease problems for Michigan’s commercial apple orchards. Scab hits annually, with damage to fruit the main concern. Fire blight is more sporadic – but when it... more »

Yellow spots on Michigan grape leaves not downy mildew

In late May, small, yellow spots on grape leaves were noticed by growers and vineyard scouts in multiple vineyards in southwest Michigan. Usually a single spot per leaf was seen on a range of grape... more »

Renovate strawberries to improve next year’s crop

Perennial strawberries (matted row production) are normally planted on bare ground in the spring, maintained the first year with herbicides, fertilizer and irrigation, and then harvested for two to three years. After the first year... more »

MSU to host High Tunnel Fruit Production Tour

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension will host a tour and discussion of organic and conventional fruit production under high tunnels. The 2016 High Tunnel Fruit Production Tour will be held Tuesday, July 5 from 6:30 p.m.... more »

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