MNPC Annual Meeting March 12, 2011
The Annual Meeting of the Midwest Nut Producers Council will be held in Clarksville, MI on March 12. This is a departure from the last few years where we have met with the Michigan Nut Growers Association on campus. The reason for this change is the time constraint that has curtailed our ability to develop a good program whereby information can be transferred in a constructive manner. This year we will focus on the parameters needed for a good productive year after the devastating freeze of 2010. We haven’t met since August and there are so many new issues to discuss.
With the help of Dr. Mira Danilovich, fruit tree extension educator, we will develop a spray calendar for the various pests that will be visiting your trees this year, talk about the types of materials that can be applied and when they should be applied. We will also talk about the type of equipment need and what is available for use.
We will also discuss fertilizer application, types of fertilizer and when and how to apply it.
Many of you came to the pruning workshop held at Paul Thelen’s farm last April. We will revisit that pruning session and discuss the pros and cons of the various methods.
We will discuss the new germplasm that is currently being grafted for Michigan in Missouri, and what it means for Michigan chestnut growers. It will be coming from Forrest Keeling Nursery as early as this fall. How do we feel about fall plantings?
We will spend time talking about the new Italian harvester that MSU purchased in late 2010 and the things we learned about it and still need to learn. We need to determine how to effectively use it for harvest while we learn more about its promises and limitations. We also purchased a scoring machine and that was used this fall. Come hear about this machine and how it might be used for the chestnut industry in the state.