Intensive Fire Blight Fruit School is June 17 at the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center

Register now for this terrific opportunity to hear cutting edge research about this key disease from speakers from across the country and Germany.

Michigan State University Extension, AgBioResearch and the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center (NWMHRC) will host a day-long, in-depth fruit school on June 17, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the NWMHRC, 6686 S. Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI. Please RSVP by June 10 to reserve a spot.

At this meeting, we will cover a comprehensive range of topics to better manage fire blight in apple orchards. The goal of this meeting is to provide the most current information available on fire blight, the pathogen’s biology, and host resistance; this information will enable attendees better understand various disease management strategies that will help guide timely, annual decision-making.

The meeting’s speakers will include research and Extension specialists from Michigan State University, Cornell University, Oregon State University, University of California-Riverside, Washington State University, and the Julius Kuhn Institute in Germany. Topics will include novel approaches and strategies for blossom and shoot blight management, alternatives and pipeline disease management materials, information on fire blight resistance genes in apple and other Malus species, and current breeding efforts for fire blight resistance.

Meeting attendance will be limited to 100 people, and registration is offered on a first come-first serve basis. This meeting has been generously sponsored by the Michigan Apple Committee, Michigan Tree Fruit Commission, and the Michigan State Horticultural Society as well as by companies including AgroSource, Arysta, BASF, Certis, Gowan, NuFarm, Plant Food Systems, and Westbridge. Lunch (included) and a post-meeting social will provide attendees the opportunity to interact with speakers, researchers and industry representatives. This meeting is a terrific opportunity for Michigan apple growers to hear cutting edge research about this key disease. We hope to see a full room for this event!

Please register by June 10, 2019

Cost is $20 a person. Registration includes lunch and a post meeting social hour.

To register by mail, please send the completed registration form and a check to:

Attn: Jenn Zelinski
NW MI Horticultural Research Center 6686 S. Center Hwy.
Traverse City, MI 49684


To register by phone, call Jenn Zelinski at 231-946-1510 to pay with a credit card.

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