Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show Set for Jan. 20-22

posted on December 17, 2008 5:59am

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  EAST LANSING, Mich.—The Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show is set for Jan. 20-22 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Mich.

  The three-day event will feature educational sessions and vendor exhibits of orchard and vineyard equipment as well as supplies, commodity organizations and other exhibitors. A wine tasting and hors d’oeuvre social hour will follow the educational session on Tuesday evening.

  The Tuesday morning program will focus on wine grape production, grape berry moth control and powdery mildew eradication. Tom Zabadal, Michigan State University (MSU) professor of horticulture based at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension   Center, and Paolo Sabbatini, MSU assistant professor of horticulture, will present information on Italian viticulture gathered on a recent trip. Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) director Don Koivisto will speak at noon at the fruit industry luncheon. 

  A special session on enology (winemaking) will be held concurrently on Tuesday afternoon.  The tree fruit session will include two presentations by Penn   State University entomologist Larry Hull. Hull will discuss spray coverage and the effectiveness of new insecticides. MSU Extension educator Lyndon Kelley will also lead a discussion on new irrigation systems and the potential to use them for nutrition and pest management.

  The Cherry Marketing Institute (CMI)  will hold its annual meeting Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. featuring Jeff Manning, CMI’s chief marketing officer, who will talk about the cherry promotion program. The meeting will also include a review of the Sweet Cherry Summit that was held here in November.  The afternoon sessions will begin with a discussion of American brown rot and cherry leaf spot control in cherries. Larry Gut, MSU professor of entomology, will speak about successful insecticide spray programs for cherries, and John Cline, associate professor in the University of Guelph Department of Plant Agriculture, will present information on new work using gibberellic acid in sweet and tart cherries.

  Thursday’s sessions will feature information for apple growers. Cline will begin the day with a discussion on the potential for new apple rootstocks in cold climates, and Jim Flore, MSU professor of horticulture, will talk about his work with crop load balance in Honey Crisp apples. Mark Whalon, MSU professor of entomology, will discuss using growth regulators and biopesticides for insect control, and George Sundin, MSU professor of plant pathology, will share new data on fire blight resistance. 

  Sessions will also cover regulatory issues such as good agricultural practice (GAP) standards, water use regulations and the new Farm Bill. Phil Schwallier, MSU Extension district fruit educator, will discuss how to utilize Apogee and Retain in apple orchards. The day will end with MSU entomologist Dave Epstein’s presentation on using hogs in apple orchards for pest management.

  The registration fee is $30 per person for all three days. Admittance to the fruit industry luncheon is an additional $15.  The CMI luncheon on Wednesday is free to growers who register with CMI. A free luncheon will be held for all growers and vendors on Thursday.

  For more information, please contact Nikki Rothwell, MSU Extension district fruit educator, at 231-946-1510 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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