Sweet chestnut orchard production

ChestnutsWelcome to Michigan State University’s new edible chestnut website! Edible sweet chestnut orchards have sprung up across Michigan over the last 20 years. In fact, as of 2007 Michigan had the largest number of chestnut growers and the most acreage of any state in the United States. As a result of this enthusiasm for the edible chestnut, a number of resources to support producers have been developed by MSU. This website will act as a clearinghouse for all chestnut-related content produced by MSU

Be sure to visit the Rogers Reserve webpage to learn about the endowed, 100-acre chestnut agricultural research station in Michigan’s Jackson County. For more news and to search our archives, visit MSUE Fruit & Nuts.

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  • What are radiation freezes?

    Low temperatures often depend on atmospheric conditions and the local topography. Calm conditions allow the temperatures to drop quickly after the sun goes down. You can track freezes with MSU’s Enviro-weather.

    Posted on March 3, 2015 4:59pm by Mark Longstroth

  • Registration open for Midwest Nut Producers Council annual meeting

    Registration is now open for the 2015 Midwest Nut Producers Council annual meeting held March 14 in Clarksville, Michigan.

    Posted on February 17, 2015 2:51pm by Dennis Fulbright

  • New chestnut IPM webinar available

    The Online Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy has added a new webinar: Chestnut IPM. Learn about IPM in chestnuts, pesticide considerations and potential invasive pests of orchards in Michigan.

    Posted on January 19, 2015 12:42pm by Erin Lizotte

  • Midwest Nut Producers Council annual meeting scheduled for March 14, 2015

    This meeting is a great opportunity for new growers to learn about getting started in the chestnut industry and current growers to learn about optimizing productivity.

    Posted on January 12, 2015 2:57pm by Dennis Fulbright

  • Updated registered pesticide list for Michigan chestnut producers

    New pesticide quick reference available for Michigan chestnut growers through Michigan State University Extension.

    Posted on December 23, 2014 2:16pm by Erin Lizotte

  • Grower input needed for spotted wing Drosophila survey

    Information gathered from this survey will help entomologists measure the impact of spotted wing Drosophila on agricultural production and will be used to prioritize research, Extension and education activities for SWD.

    Posted on December 22, 2014 10:29am by Rufus Isaacs

  • Begin scouting for Asian gall wasp in chestnuts now

    We are approaching the ideal time for chestnut growers to scout for Asian chestnut gall wasp. Leaves often remain attached to the galls during fall and winter, making them highly visible.

    Posted on November 17, 2014 12:24pm by Erin Lizotte

  • Chestnut weevil: A potential pest of Michigan chestnuts

    Michigan chestnut growers should be scouting for chestnut weevil, an important emerging pest of edible chestnuts.

    Posted on November 14, 2014 4:21pm by Erin Lizotte

  • Chestnut resources at Great Lakes Expo and Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

    Current and future chestnut producers should check out the resources available at the upcoming Great Lakes Expo, Dec. 9-11, 2014, and the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Feb. 18-19, 2015.

    Posted on November 11, 2014 3:56pm by Erin Lizotte

  • Michigan Nut Growers Association potluck meeting

    The Michigan Nut Growers Association is holding an educational program and potluck on Saturday, October 4 at DeKleine Orchards in Hudsonville, Michigan.

    Posted on September 16, 2014 11:32am by Erin Lizotte

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