Training of growers, scouts, consultants, etc. in pest and natural enemy identification, scouting techniques, and IPM decision-making are priority areas of the Berry Crops extension program. We work with Plant Pathology, Horticulture, and Extension colleagues to deliver weekly pest reports and other information through grapes.msu.edu and blueberries.msu.edu. We contribute to workshops through the growing season at grower farms, and provide talks at winter meetings. Delivery of pollination information to blueberry growers is a growing area for our extension-outreach program.
- Fruit IPM - general information on MSUs fruit crop information
- Fruit CAT Alert - newsletter every Tuesday from MSU's Fruit Team
- Weather Information - find the nearest weather station to you at the Enviroweather site
Fruit Management Guide - order the latest edition here
- Native plants and pollination - facsheets and bulletins on this topic
- Blueberry Facts - a one-stop shop for MSU's blueberry information
- Blueberry shock virus pest alert (pdf)
- Blueberry scorch virus pest alert (pdf)
- Blueberry Pest Management Strategic Plan - 2008 review (pdf)
- Grape IPM website - a one-stop shop for MSU's grape information
- Grape IPM scouting reports - see the latest report or the archives
- Grape Pest Management Strategic Plan - 2007 review (pdf)
- For all things pollinators and pollination-related, visit MSU’s central location for this information. You can also sign up for regular newsletters from this site, by providing your email address.
- Click here to go to the Michigan Pollinator Initiative
- Minimizing pesticide risk to bees in fruit crops, Emily May, Julianna Wilson, and Rufus Isaacs. This 16 page guide identifies potential pesticide risks to bees on fruit farms and suggests specific strategies that would minimize these risks. It draws onknowledge of bee biology, pesticide action and farming practices to provide advice on a series of common-sense practices growers can follow to reduce pesticide risk to bees. View a free PDF version or order it from the MSU Extension Bookstore. Search for “3245” in the search box.
- Bees of the Great Lakes Region and wildflowers to support them, Jason Gibbs, Ashley Bennett, Rufus Isaacs and Joy Landis. This pocket guide provides an overview of the diverse community of wild and managed bees across the Great Lakes region. Packed with photos of the most common bee species and showing photographs and descriptions of wildflowers that are attractive to bees, the guide also provides a section on bee conservation with some practical steps to take. This can be ordered from the MSU Extension Bookstore. Search for “3282” in the search box.
- Conserving native bees on farmland, Rufus Isaacs and Julianna Tuell. This publication gives a broad overview of the strategies growers can use to adjust their farming practices for the benefit of wild pollinators. (4 pages). View a free PDF version or this can be ordered from the MSU Extension Bookstore. Search for “2985” in the search box.
- Attracting beneficial insects with native flowering plants, Anna Fiedler, Julianna Tuell,Rufus Isaacs and Doug Landis. The fold-out brochure provides information on natural enemies and pollinators, and a season-long list of blooming plants that are highly attractive to one or both groups. This is based on research conducted at Michigan State University. (6 pages). View a free PDF version or order it from the MSU Extension Bookstore. Search for “2973” in the search box.
Credit: Carlos Garcia-Salazar