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I have worked for MSU Extenion as a Fruit Educator since 1993. I am an educational resource for small fruit growers in Southwest Michigan. My current focus is blueberries, and other small fruits. Prior to 2010, I served all commercial fruit growers in SW Michigan, focusing on both tree fruit (primarily apples and cherries) and small fruit (primarily blueberries, grapes, and cranberries). I scout fruit plantings and hold weekly or monthly (blueberries and grapes) meetings. I report Southwest Michigan’s fruit and pest conditions for MSU Extension and contribute articles on fruit pests and diseases. I have given numerous presentations on site selection, nutrition, fertilization, cultural practices, and pest control for blueberries and other fruit.
Before coming to Michigan, I worked as the Orchard Manager for the University of Idaho’s, Parma Agricultural Experiment Station. I did all the work involved in planting maintaining orchards of apples, cherries and plums. I am very familar with all aspects of commercial fruit production for all fruit crops
April 17, 2018 | A wintry blast over the weekend did not cause any damage. Plant growth is just beginning, waiting for warm temperatures to return later in April.
April 10, 2018 | Monday updates keep fruit growers current on pest and disease control developments during the growing season.
March 27, 2018 | Clean up your plants to get ahead of diseases.
August 29, 2017 | Peach harvest is winding down. Apple harvest picking up with Gala harvest.
August 22, 2017 | Growers are harvesting peaches, plums, pears and early apples.
August 15, 2017 | Warm, dry weather continues pushing fruit along. Growers are harvesting peaches, plums, pears and early apples. Blueberry harvest is ending.
August 1, 2017 | Spotted wing Drosophila and labor are problems as fruit harvest moves quickly.
July 18, 2017 | Blueberry and raspberry harvests are in full swing. Spotted wing Drosophila numbers have jumped.
July 5, 2017 | Tart cherry harvest has begun. Spotted wing Drosophila numbers are up and birds are a problem.
June 28, 2017 | Growers will need a fresh approach to managing spotted wing Drosophila.