Close-up of orange, ripe peaches on a peach tree


For current research-based information on growing tree fruits, attend the 2020 Commercial Tree Fruit School. This year's program features a wide range of topics to help you meet the challenges of commercial fruit production in Southwestern Illinois. Industry representatives will also be on hand to talk about their latest products and services.

Current trends in insect and disease management, as well as a variety of other production-related topics, will be discussed. Austin and  Parker Flamm of Flamm Orchards will discuss the 2019 year in review.

Speakers include:

  • Mohammad Babadoost with University of Illinois discussing bacterial spot in peach and bitter rot in apples.
  • Ric Bessin from the University of Kentucky discussing peach and apple insect management. 
  • Austin and Parker Flamm from Flamm Orchards discussing food safety
  • Laurie George with University of Illinois Extension discussing FSMA updates
  • John Strang from the University of Kentucky discussing fruit tree pruning and fruit boron nutrition


This year's school will take place on February 4, 2020, at the Knights of Columbus Hall three miles south of Hardin.

Advanced registration by January 30 is $35.00 per person, lunch included. 

Registration at the door is $50.00 per person, lunch included


*New this year* Your registration does NOT include a spray guide this year (If you received the 2019-2020 Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide last year, it’s still good for the 2020 growing season). Spray Guides will be available for purchase at the school for $15.00 each. 


Registration starts at 7:45 am, the program begins at 8:25 am and runs until 3:15 pm.



Event Date(s)
Event Time
8:00 am
Knights of Columbus Hall in Hardin