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Tree Fruit Management School Registration Now Open
Michigan Ag Connection - 01/10/2019

Registration for the 2019 Tree Fruit Management School is open through Jan. 18. The 2019 Tree Fruit Management School will take place Feb. 12-14 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City. This year, we are truly appreciative of the gracious support from our sponsors. Their donations helped us reduce the cost of the school's registration to $130 per person. Registration and lodging information is below.

The three guest speakers will be: Duane Greene, University of Massachusetts, discussing plant growth regulators; Danielle Kirkpatrick, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, speaking on novel research of invasive pests that threaten tree fruit; and erik Cox, Cornell University, presenting new information on SDHI fungicide resistance and unique management strategies for apple pathogens.

The school will also feature tree fruit horticulture, entomology and pathology. Horticultural topics will include up-and-coming tree fruit varieties and rootstocks, modern training systems, top-working and plant growth regulators to improve fruit quality. Entomologists will present the latest research findings on invasive species like spotted wing Drosophila, brown marmorated stink bug and spotted lantern fly, and other key pests like San Jose scale, black stem borer and codling moth. Phages for controlling bacterial pathogens, new approaches for fire blight and cherry leaf spot management, and cutting-edge research on Armillaria will also be presented.

This school will provide world-class information to its participants. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development pesticide applicator recertification credits for private and 1C commercial applicators and certified crop advisor credits will also be available.

Registration is $130 per person and includes two breakfasts, two lunches, break refreshments, course materials and classroom facilities. Dinner and lodging are on your own. Please register by Jan. 18 by calling Jenn Zelinski at 231-946-1510 to pay with a credit card.

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