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  • 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.

  • Hands-On Hop IPM Workshops and Tours (June, July, August 2017)

    Dates:

    June 24, July 15, and August 5, 2017.  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

    • Saturday, June 24 from 1 - 4 p.m.: Mr. Wizard’s Hops: John and Rose Stahl, 2646 W. Albain Road, Monroe, MI 48161
    • Saturday, July 15 from 1 - 4 p.m.: Black Creek Hops: Howard and Amy Haselhuhn, 235 E. Decker Road, Scottville, MI 49454     
    • Saturday, August 5 from 1 - 4 p.m.: Empire Hops hosts at Bruce Lundin’s Farm: Dan and Alex Wiesen,12500 S. Plowman Rd., Empire, MI 49630

    Description:

    The meetings will kick off with an introduction of the farm, followed by IPM education. The IPM portion of the tour will include a review of the major pests of hop as well as how to scout for and identify them. The event will wrap-up with a tour of the farm and some time to talk informally.

    Growers are encouraged to bring unknown plant and insect samples for diagnosis.  Please place samples in sealed bags as a courtesy to our host farms.  These meetings will be held outside rain or shine, so dress accordingly and plan for inclement weather. Registration is required, but the program is free. Donations to Hop Growers of Michigan may be made at the event. Restricted use pesticides credits will be available.

  • Hops Field Day and Tour (August 2017)

    Dates:

    August 4, 2017.  8am - 5pm.

     

    Location:

    Participants will meet at the MSU Horticultural Research Center (6686 South Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684)

    Description:

    Participants will meet at the MSU Horticultural Research Center (6686 South Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684), board a chartered bus and travel to Cedar Hop Farm to tour a new hop yard, and then onto Neptune Hops, an established yard, both near Cedar. The group will then travel to Hop Lot Brewing Co. in Suttons Bay to have lunch, tour their new facility, chat with the brewer and tasting. After lunch, participants will travel to Heitman Hop Yard on the south end of Leelanau County. The tour will then return to the Research Center to see a hop harvest demo in the WOLF picking machine. Erin Lizotte, MSU Extension Integrated Pest Management Educator will also speak about “Hop IPM.” Dr. Rob Sirrine, MSU Extension Statewide Hops Educator will be the host and available throughout the day to provide hops growing expertise.

    Throughout the tour hop growers will be on site to discuss all aspects of hop production; initial costs, plant care, disease and insect management, trellis construction, quality control, propagation, and organic and conventional growing practices. The group will then end the day with an educational beer tasting led by Scott Graham of the Michigan Brewers Guild.

  • 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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