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  • Rogers Reserve for Chestnut Production and Research (Jackson County, MI)

    Location:

    8072 S. Jackson Road, Jackson, MI  49201

    Description:

    The Rogers Reserve was donated by Ernie and Mabel Rogers to Michigan State University in 1990. The Rogers were a prominent couple in the Jackson community, concerned with natural resources and food production. In 2002, at the bequest of the Rogers, an endowment was established to support the farm. Funds have been spent improving the farm and constructing Phase I and II building projects with the MSU Office of Land Management. Phase I, consisting of a steel pole building to house equipment, including a chestnut peeling line, was completed in 2005. Phase II was completed in April 2010 and consists of a wet lab, analytical lab, office and restrooms. The chestnut peeling line was purchased from Italy by the Midwest Nut Producers Council, supported by funding from the USDA Rural Development program. It is the only commercial chestnut peeling line in the western hemisphere.

  • Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (Benton Harbor, MI)

    Location:

    1791 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

    Description:

    MSU’s Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center combines research projects and educational programs on fruits, vegetables, field crops, and woody ornamentals, as well as environmental quality issues. The mission of the Center is to enhance the economic viability of agriculture in the state of Michigan through the development and practical demonstration of technological advances in plant materials and cultural practices, as well as farm management. The Center keeps area producers and processors aware of solutions to the region’s agricultural problems.

  • Trevor Nichols Research Center Field Day (September 2018)

    Dates:

    September 25, 2018. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

    Location:

    Trevor Nichols Research Center, 6237 124th Avenue, Fennville, MI 49408

    Description:

    A field day highlighting research by Michigan State University scientists at the Trevor Nichols Research Center.

  • Trevor Nichols Research Center for Fruit Industry Research (Fennville, MI)

    Location:

    6237 124th Avenue, Fennville, MI 49408

    Description:

    The primary objective of the 156-acre Trevor Nichols Research Center is to find the best ways to keep fruit pest-free in Michigan while preserving the environment and ensuring economic viability for the state’s fruit growers. Research topics include studying performance attributes of reduced-risk pesticides, optimizing delivery systems for crop protection materials, monitoring and controlling invasive and emerging pests, and developing novel pest management tactics. The center also supports IR-4, a United States Department of Agriculture project that works with specialty crop growers, registrants and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to register products for use on specialty crops, including reduced-risk pesticides.

  • Viticulture Certificate 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 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
  • Web Resource for Apple Growers

    Location:

    http://apples.msu.edu

    Description:

    This site was developed as a resource for apple growers and includes information on the following topics:

    • Current season reports
    • Pest management
    • Weather/climate
    • Economics
    • Maturity/storage
    • Pollination
    • Rootstocks
    • Horticultural practices
    • Varieties
    • Past presentations from the Northwest Michigan Orchard & Vineyard Show
  • Web Resource for Blueberry Growers

    Location:

    http://blueberries.msu.edu/

    Description:

    Michigan is the largest blueberry producing state in the U.S. This website aims to provide information on all aspects of blueberry production and blueberry health management. While the information is geared toward the Midwest, much of it will also apply to other blueberry growing regions.

  • Web Resource for Cherry Growers

    Location:

    http://cherries.msu.edu

    Description:

    This site was developed for cherry growers and includes information on the following topics:

    • Current season reports
    • Pest management
    • Weather/climate
    • Varieties and rootstocks
    • Horticultural practices
    • Pollination
    • Economics
    • Presentations from past Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Shows.
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