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  • Applied Plant Science Program (Muskegon, MI)

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    Two or three plant science courses are offered each Fall and Spring semester in Benton Harbor and are held in the evening at Lake Michigan College. Some classes are offered by two-way interactive television system that connects you to MSU East Lansing campus faculty. Class meets in a special distance learning classroom which has interactive TV technology, there you can see, hear and talk to your instructor. Your instructor is able to answer your questions and speak to you directly. Other classes are taught, on-site by MSU faculty and additional highly qualified and experienced individuals. You may also connect to campus resources by computer and the Internet from home, work, and local libraries.

     

    Description:

    The Applied Plant Science program includes course work taught by faculty members from Lake Michigan College and Michigan State University. The degree and certificate programs contain specialty and general education course requirements which may vary some depending on area of study and community college associate degree requirements. Certificate options are available either in Viticulture or in the Applied Plant Science Program, with options in Commercial Horticulture Operations, Landscape Horticulture or Commercial Turfgrass Operations.

    The Southwest Michigan Applied Plant Science program offers this same type of specialized curriculum as the campus programs. It differs from the on-campus programs in some significant ways. First, it combines MSU courses, with community college courses. Student may simultaneously earn both an MSU Certificate and a community college Associate degree. Second, it brings MSU courses to you without the need move to East Lansing.

  • Berry Crop Entomology Information and Resources

    Description:

    The Isaacs Lab studies the biology and management of insects in berry crops. Members of the lab are currently working on pest phenology, pheromone mating disruption, pollination, biological control, and selective insecticide evaluations, all with insects found in berry crops. Their extension program provides growers with practical information to make decisions about insect management, to improve their productivity, profit, and environmental safety.

    Pollination is critical for production of most berry crops, and we are investigating the ecology and management of pollinators and their economic value. We are also exploring the interactions between landscape structure and beneficial insects, both natural enemies and pollinators, in Michigan farmland.

  • Malting Barley Information and Demonstration Field Day (June 2017)

    Dates:

    June 28, 2017

    Location:

    W.K. Kellogg Farm, 10641 N. 40th St, Hickory Corners, MI  49060

    Description:

    As the craft brewing industry is expanding in Michigan, so is the desire to source locally grown barley for malting. Join barley experts from Michigan State University and the malting and brewing industry for a barley discussion about what’s needed, what to grow, what it takes to grow it and other considerations. Participants will be able to see over 60 winter and spring barley varieties, and learn about specific management strategies to optimize crop production and quality. Lunch will be provided for registered participants.

  • Online Resource for Grape Growers

    Location:

    See Website below.

    Description:

    This Website features information on the latest research-based IPM and cultural practices. IPM is the use of pest and environmental information along with available pest control methods, including cultural, biological, genetic and chemical methods to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. The site provides growers with pest identification information and links to current vineyard management advice from MAES researchers and MSU Extension specialists.

  • Viticulture Certificate and Associates Degree Dual Enrollment Program (Dowagiac and Traverse City, MI)

    Location:

    Online and On-site in either Traverse City, MI (Northwestern Michigan College) or Dowagiac, MI (Southwestern Michigan College) 

    Description:

    Viticulture is a term used that refers to grape production and vineyard management.  In response to an industry need for professionals with regional grape industry knowledge, the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology has partnered with Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan and Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan to offer a Viticulture Certificate program.  Students in the program will also take online courses from the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA).  This combined program will enable students to complete a Viticulture Certificate from the Institute of Agricultural Technology while working towards an Associate’s degree from SMC.

    The Viticulture Certificate program provides students with a solid background in plant science along with specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the grape industry.  Students enrolled in the program will take courses related to plants, soils, pests, plant disease, pruning techniques, and vineyard management.

  • Viticulture Field Day (July 2017)

    Dates:

    July 26, 2017

    Location:

    Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI, 49022.

    Description:

    This annual field day for grape growers features a trade show, equipment demonstrations, viticulture workshops, a showcase of southwest Michigan wines.

  • Viticulture Information Center

    Location:

    Please see the Website below.

    Description:

    The Viticulture Information Center contains links to grape-growing information and provides the opportunity to ask reference questions. The categories include:

    • Viticulture Reference Tools
    • Vineyard Management
    • Cultivars and Germplasm
    • Pests
    • People and Places Publications
    • U.S. Regional Information
    • World Regional Information
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