Skip to main content

2024 MSU Fruit School

2024-02-26T22:00:00Z 2024-02-28T21:30:00Z 2024 MSU Fruit School

MSU Fruit Schooltakes a whole-systems approach to recognize the complex decisions and biological interactions that occur in fruit production systems. The MSU Fruit School will provide a deeper understanding of the science behind fruit production to empower attendees to apply fundamental information to everyday farm management decisions. This program will give attendees insight on HOW and WHY these scientific principles feed into applied management decisions. It will also highlight the interdisciplinary expertise at MSU to give attendees a firsthand look at the science that supports our fruit industries.  

 

Day 1: Afternoon Beginning Farmers 

·         Half day of talks targeted towards beginning farmers or farmers wanting a refresher

Day 1: Evening Reception

·         Welcome reception at the hotel to kick-off the event

Day 2: General Fruit - Root to Fruit: Fundamentals of Fruit Production Through a Scientific Lens 

·         AM/PM: Integrative Systems Session 

o    Climate Change, Soil and Nutrition, Pollination, Plant hormones, History of IPM, Insecticide MoA, Weed resistance, Harvest hygiene 

·         Lab Tour on MSU campus 

·         Dinner at Lansing Brewing Company to follow tour

Day 3: Separate Small Fruit and Tree Fruit Tracks 

·         Small Fruit AM: Maintaining Fruit Quality From Bud to Berry

o    Cold hardiness, Cultivar selection, Water relations, Postharvest physiology

·         Small Fruit PM: Small Fruit Pests Big Problems

o    SWD parasitoids, Fungicide resistance, Viruses 

·         Tree Fruit AM: Evolving Solutions From Bloom to Room

o    Cultivar/rootstock selection, Post harvest physiology, PGRs, Cold hardiness 

·         Tree Fruit PM: The Changing Landscape of Tree Fruit IPM

o    Plant-Pathogen Interactions, Woolly Apple Aphids, biological controls
 

Hotel Info: A block of 75 guest rooms will be available on the nights of February 26th and 27th at a group block rate of $99.00 plus tax per night at Best Western. Rooms will be held until Feb. 5, 2024. After this date, the rate will still be honored; however, the hotel will no longer have rooms set aside for this group. All participants can call the hotel directly at 517-349-8700 and ask for the Fruit School room block rate. 9 RUP Core Credits are available for attending both days.  11 RUP Core Credits are available fore attending Fruit School and Beginning Farmer Session.

Okemos Event Center 2187 University Park Dr Okemos, MI 48864-3975
Location

Okemos Event Center
2187 University Park Dr
Okemos, MI 48864-3975

Event Date

Start: February 26, 2024 5:00 PM

End: February 28, 2024 4:30 PM

MSU Fruit Schooltakes a whole-systems approach to recognize the complex decisions and biological interactions that occur in fruit production systems. The MSU Fruit School will provide a deeper understanding of the science behind fruit production to empower attendees to apply fundamental information to everyday farm management decisions. This program will give attendees insight on HOW and WHY these scientific principles feed into applied management decisions. It will also highlight the interdisciplinary expertise at MSU to give attendees a firsthand look at the science that supports our fruit industries.  

 

Day 1: Afternoon Beginning Farmers 

·         Half day of talks targeted towards beginning farmers or farmers wanting a refresher

Day 1: Evening Reception

·         Welcome reception at the hotel to kick-off the event

Day 2: General Fruit - Root to Fruit: Fundamentals of Fruit Production Through a Scientific Lens 

·         AM/PM: Integrative Systems Session 

o    Climate Change, Soil and Nutrition, Pollination, Plant hormones, History of IPM, Insecticide MoA, Weed resistance, Harvest hygiene 

·         Lab Tour on MSU campus 

·         Dinner at Lansing Brewing Company to follow tour

Day 3: Separate Small Fruit and Tree Fruit Tracks 

·         Small Fruit AM: Maintaining Fruit Quality From Bud to Berry

o    Cold hardiness, Cultivar selection, Water relations, Postharvest physiology

·         Small Fruit PM: Small Fruit Pests Big Problems

o    SWD parasitoids, Fungicide resistance, Viruses 

·         Tree Fruit AM: Evolving Solutions From Bloom to Room

o    Cultivar/rootstock selection, Post harvest physiology, PGRs, Cold hardiness 

·         Tree Fruit PM: The Changing Landscape of Tree Fruit IPM

o    Plant-Pathogen Interactions, Woolly Apple Aphids, biological controls
 

Hotel Info: A block of 75 guest rooms will be available on the nights of February 26th and 27th at a group block rate of $99.00 plus tax per night at Best Western. Rooms will be held until Feb. 5, 2024. After this date, the rate will still be honored; however, the hotel will no longer have rooms set aside for this group. All participants can call the hotel directly at 517-349-8700 and ask for the Fruit School room block rate. 9 RUP Core Credits are available for attending both days.  11 RUP Core Credits are available fore attending Fruit School and Beginning Farmer Session.