The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center will host an open house featuring an equipment show and educational sessions on grape and tree fruit production in Michigan on Aug. 25.
The center, located in Traverse City, is part of the Michigan State University AgBioResearch system, which has on-campus facilities and 14 outlying field stations across Michigan that support the work of more than 300 scientists in six colleges at MSU: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science, Social Science and Veterinary Medicine.
The equipment show, hosted by the Leelanau Horticultural Society, will spotlight local and regional equipment and supply vendors. It runs from 1 to 7 p.m.
Educational sessions will run concurrently beginning at 3 p.m. Participants will learn about tree fruit and wine grape production aboard a wagon tour of the facility. The sessions are free and open to the public.
Tree Fruit Session
Greg Lang and Ron Perry, MSU AgBioResearch horticultural scientists and MSU Extension specialists, and Nikki Rothwell, MSU district Extension educator and NWMHRC coordinator: High-density Montmorency planting – Big, healthy trees in year two
Amy Iezzoni, MSU AgBioResearch horticultural scientist: New cherry rootstock planting
Ron Perry, MSU AgBioResearch horticultural scientist and MSU Extension specialist: New cherry cultivar high-density planting
George Sundin, MSU AgBioResearch horticultural scientist and MSU Extension specialist; Nikki Rothwell, MSU district Extension educator and NWMHRC coordinator; and Erin Lizotte, MSU Integrated Pest Management (IPM) district educator and MSU Extension specialist: Update on fungicide and bactericide trials conducted at the NWMHRC
Wine Grapes Session
Paolo Sabbatini, MSU AgBioResearch horticultural scientist and MSU Extension specialist; Nikki Rothwell, MSU district Extension educator and NWMHRC coordinator; and Duke Elsner, MSU Extension agricultural educator: Update on wine grape cultivar planting at the NWMHRC; Vines looking great in 2011
Annemiek Schilder, MSU AgBioResearch plant pathology scientist and MSU Extension specialist: Weather and wine grape disease control for the 2011 season
Annemiek Schilder, MSU AgBioResearch plant pathology scientist and MSU Extension specialist: Bunch rot control and the heat of July
Activities will conclude with a social hour beginning at 5:15 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. featuring local foods. Tickets for the dinner and social hour are $15 and are available by calling the MSU Extension Leelanau County Office at 231-256-9888.
The NWMHRC, located at 6686 S. Center Highway, is a 100-acre premier research site for integrated pest management; horticultural production and handling; value-added processing; and marketing and farm financial management practices for wine grapes, apples, plums, sweet and tart cherries, and hops. For more information on the center, visit nwmihort.agbioresearch.msu.edu or call 231-946-1510.