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  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Resources for the Green Industry




    Correctly identifying the pest is the first step in IPM problem-solving. Our pocket-sized scouting guides and their related web pages feature common diseases, insect pests and beneficial species. Those for the green industry include guides for:

    •     IPM Scouting in herbaceous perennials
    •     IPM Scouting in woody landscape plants
    •     Identifying weeds in nurseries and landscapes
    •     Identifying natural enemies that offer you biological control.
  • Landscape and Nursery Resources


    Includes seasonal updates and advice; weather resources; scouting resources; and current green industry issues.

  • Landscape Management Certificate Program (Muskegon, Sidney, Traverse City, and Wayne County, MI)


    • Wayne County Community College District--Downriver Area: Taylor, MI
    • Muskegon Community College: Muskegon, MI
    • Montcalm Community College: Sidney, MI
    • Northwestern Michigan College: Traverse City, MI


    The Landscape Management program provides training for students to select, use, and manage landscape plants and lawns. Students obtain a working knowledge of plant growth, development, and identification which prepares them for careers in the green industry.

    This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate degree from a local college The partnership between the two institutions benefits those who seek employment in agriculture, landscaping, and the fruit and vegetable industry.


  • Michigan Garden Plant Tour (July/August 2019)


    July 29 - August 9, 2019


    Various locations across Michigan.  Please see the website listed below.


    This annual Michigan Garden Plant Tour is a free, coordinated open house of leading young plant producers of ornamentals and Michigan State University.  The objective of the Tour is to educate growers and industry professionals about new and existing plant selections and how they perform in different settings. Expect to learn about a wide range of ornamental crops, including popular commercial brands of annuals and perennials. This is a terrific way to observe plant performance at different locations and grown under various conditions, both in the ground and in containers.

  • Nursery and Christmas Tree Resources: MSU Extension


    Michigan State University Extension’s programing for the nursery and Christmas tree industries involves field Extension educators, campus based Extension specialists and researchers who provide timely and relevant educational programming. Our goal is deliver the latest science-based information to keep Michigan producers competitive and profitable in today’s economy.

  • Pocket Guides for IPM Scouting


    Available from the MSU Extension Bookstore website.


    The Pocket Guides for IPM Scouting are full of information about insects, diseases, physiological/chemical disorders, and natural enemies; and are designed to fit into a pocket for easy field use. There are guides for the following:

    • Highbush blueberries
    • Grapes in North Central and Eastern U.S.
    • Woody landscape plants
    • Stone fruits (also available in Spanish)
    • Michigan apples (also available in Spanish)
    • Michigan potatoes.
    • Herbaceous perennials
    • Christmas tree weed identification
    • Nurseries and landscapes weed identification
    • Natural enemies in crops and landscapes
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