Picture of apple blooms.

 Thursday, March 17, 2016
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Kent County Extension Office
775 Ball Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI

This workshop designed for apple growers will focus on bloom-time issues including pollination, blossom blight control, and timing of plant growth regulators. Growers will learn about the wild pollinators likely to be found on their farms, how to improve communication with beekeepers providing pollination services, how to draft a pollinator stewardship plan, programs to offset the cost for planting pollinator habitat, strategies for controlling blossom blight, blossom thinning techniques and other bloom-time related plant growth regulator issues.  Participants will be eligible to receive 4 MDARD Pesticide Recertification Credits. Lunch is included.


$20 per person

Workshop Agenda

8:30 a.m. Check in, coffee provided

9:00 a.m. Welcome, Workshop Overview (Amy Irish-Brown, MSU Extension)

9:05 a.m. What is Integrated Crop Pollination? (Emily May, Project ICP)

9:15 a.m. Wild Bees in Michigan Apple Orchards (Jason Gibbs, MSU Entomology)

10:00 a.m. Making the Most of Managed Pollinators (Meghan Milbrath, Coordinator Michigan Pollinator Initiative)

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. NRCS Cost-share programs (Matt Soehnel, NRCS District Conservationist for Kent County)

11:15 a.m. Developing a Pollinator Stewardship Plan (Julianna Wilson, MSU Entomology)

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:15 p.m. Strategies for Managing Blossom Blight (George Sundin, MSU Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences)

1:00 p.m. Blossom Time Thinning (Phil Schwallier, MSU Extension)

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Julianna Wilson, MSU Tree Fruit IPM Outreach Specialist at jkwilson@msu.edu or 517-432-4766.