Register for the Spring 2020 MSU Tree Fruit Webinars Series

Registration is open and required. Participants that join the live webinars will receive MDARD pesticide applicator credits. This is Part 2 of a three-part series on the spring tree fruit webinar series.


Registration for the Spring 2020 MSU Tree Fruit Webinar Series is now open through Michigan State University Extension. In light of current events, the MSU Extension fruit team is moving its spring tree fruit educational programs to a series of live webinars. These webinars are free and held on Zoom from 12-1 p.m., Monday through Friday, April 13-24, 2020. Live webinars will be recorded and posted online for viewing at a later date.

This registration page will direct you to a page where you will enter your name, location, contact information and affiliations. You should click on the boxes next to each of the webinars you plan to attend. After completing this registration process, if you didn’t select a date but would like to attend that day’s webinar, you can click on the registration page again to sign up for that webinar. However, please note that registration for a specific webinar closes the day before that webinar will be offered. For example, registration for the April 14 webinar closes at the end of the day on April 13. 

Register for Spring 2020 MSU Tree Fruit Webinar Series

What about credits?

Registered participants that attend the live webinar will be eligible to receive Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Pesticide Applicator Certification credits; one credit per meeting will be available for a total of 10 credits possible. Each person that would like to receive credits must register through MSU. So grab your applicator number and don’t forget to enter it on the registration form.

Please note that to receive credits, you must register AND enter your contact information into Zoom on the day of the event. Registered participants will receive a webinar link via email on the morning of that day’s scheduled webinar, and Zoom will prompt you to enter your contact information. If you do not attend the live webinar, you will not be able to receive credits.

New to Zoom?

Fear not. Check out “Instructions for fruit growers on downloading Zoom for online webinars” for help with downloading Zoom onto your computer, tablet, cell phone or other smart device. “How to join and participant in the spring tree fruit Zoom webinars” will show you how to be a Zoom webinar participant including helpful reminders like not forgetting to turn up the volume!



What’s on the agenda?

The webinars will include presentations on pest management and horticultural topics and there will be time for attendees to ask questions at the end of each webinar. A breakdown of speakers and topics for each day is below.

  • April 13: Introduction to Spring Tree Fruit Webinars presented and hosted by msu fruit educators
  • April 14: Weather predictions and Enviro-weather update presented by Jeff Andresen and Keith Mason, Host Mark Longstroth 
  • April 15: Spring Sprayer Set-up: Configuring your air-assist sprayer presented by Jason Deveau of OMAFRA, Host Mike Reinke 
  • April 16: Apple disease update presented by George Sundin, Host Amy Irish-Brown 
  • April 17: Cherry disease update presented by George Sundin and Nikki Rothwell, Host Emily Pochubay 
  • April 20: Orchard weed management and practices impacting beneficial and pest insects presented by Bernie Zandstra, Sushila Chaudhari, and Julianna Wilson, Host Dave Jones 
  • April 21: The apple pollen tube growth model, new thinning chemistries/strategies, and PGRs presented by Phil Schwallier and Todd Einhorn, Host Bob Tritten 
  • April 22: Causes and control of internal browning in Honeycrisp and bitter pit management presented Randy Beaudry, Host Nikki Rothwell 
  • April 23: Early season apple pests presented Larry Gut and John Wise, Host Bill Shane 
  • April 24: Early season cherry pests presented by Larry Gut, John Wise, and Nikki Rothwell, Host Emily Pochubay

For more information on registration, contact Emily Pochubay at or 810-241-2481, or Amy Irish-Brown at 616-490-1079. We are looking forward to meeting with you virtually in a few weeks!

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