Tree Fruit School
Date: February 18, 2015
Time: February 18-20
Location: Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University, 301 W Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
This two and a half day program will focus on how to develop and implement season-long horticultural and integrated pest management strategies from establishment, dormancy, bloom through harvest, and post-harvest to support a healthy and productive orchard over the course of its lifetime. The program will cover pruning and training systems for high-density apples and cherries, cover crops for orchard biofumigation and soil biology diversification, orchard pollinators and bee safety during bloom, blossom and fruit thinning, relating ooze to fire blight management decisions, preventing rodent damage, pheromone puffer dispensers for codling moth mating disruption, preventing herbicide damage in high-density orchards, using surfactants to improve apple scab efficacy and reduce inoculum and an invasive species workshop for identifying and managing both spotted wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug.
Early registration, which ends January 14, is $175 per person and regular registration, ending February 2 by mail and February 13 online, is $225 per person. On-site registration is $275 per person. Registration includes breakfast, lunch and breaks on Wednesday and Thursday, breakfast and breaks on Friday and a binder of course materials.
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