For current research-based information on growing tree fruits, attend the 2017 Commercial Tree Fruit Schools. Speakers from University of Illinois, Weinzierl Fruit and Consulting, Illinois Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey Program, and the Farm Service Agency, will discuss a wide range of subjects to help you meet the challenges of tree fruit production. Special guest speaker, Dr. J. Norelli, USDA Fruit Pathologist from West Virginia will discuss issues with fireblight, and Jeff Flamm, Flamm Orchards, will discuss the 2016 year in review. Two schools will be offered this year - February 2 at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn, Mt. Vernon Illinois, and February 3 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, three miles south of Hardin Illinois.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about insect management techniques, identification and management of the brown marmorated stink bug, information on stone fruit and apple diseases, thinning strategies for return bloom and fruit quality, and discussions with the Farm Service Agency on loans available for orchard growers. Industry representatives will also be on hand to talk about their latest products and services.
MT. VERNON SCHOOL: Cost for the school is $30.00 per farm. Registration at the door will be $40.00 per farm. The registration fee includes 1 copy of the 2017 Midwest Spray Guide per farm. Lunch is on your own.
HARDIN SCHOOL: Cost for the school is $35.00 per person. Orchards sending more than one employee will pay $35.00 for the first person and $25.00 for each additional person. Registration at the door will be $45.00 per person. One copy of the 2017 Midwest Spray Guide will be given per orchard. Lunch will be provided.
Advance registration is required by January 24, 2017.
Online registration is available at: http://go.illinois.edu/treefruitschool17
Questions can be directed to Laurie George, University of Illinois Extension Educator, at 618- 242-0780, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.