Chestnut scouting workshop to be held July 17, 2015 in Montague

This workshop includes a review of chestnut pests, how to scout for and identify them, and management considerations.

Photo credit: Erin Lizotte
Photo credit: Erin Lizotte

Michigan State University Extension is offering a free chestnut scouting workshop for sweet chestnut growers on July 17, 2105, from 5-7 p.m. in Montague, Michigan at New Era Chestnuts, LLC. This hands-on workshop will include a review of the major chestnut pests, how to scout for and identify them, as well as management considerations. Growers are encouraged to bring unknown plant and insect samples for diagnosis. Please place samples in sealed bags as courtesy to our host farm. The meeting will be held outside in a chestnut orchard, so dress accordingly and plan for inclement weather.

Online registration is required, but the program is free. Contact me at 231-944-6504 or with any questions or concerns.


The address for New Era Chestnuts, LLC is 6998 S. 44th Ave., Montague, MI 49437. There is no official address marked on the property, but this address should get anyone using Google Maps to the driveway that leads into the property.

If traveling on US-31 either north or south to the chestnut orchard, take Exit 136 on Winston Road and travel west on Winston Road. Turn left (north) at stop sign which is 56th Avenue. Travel to West Wilkie Road and turn left (west) and follow road to next stop sign to South 48th Avenue and turn slight right on West Wilkie Road. Continue traveling to next intersection at curve in road which is S. 44th Avenue and turn right. Continue on gravel road north 300 feet, the driveway to the New Era Chestnut orchard is on your right.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2013-41534-21068.

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