Sweet chestnut orchard production
Welcome 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. New to chestnuts? Be sure to read the important information about new discoveries regarding internal kernel breakdown under the establishing orchards link to the left.
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.
MSUE Chestnuts News
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
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
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
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
Chestnut growers are encouraged to attend two upcoming meetings on insect and disease scouting on Aug. 27, and cultivar evaluations and chestnut blight research on Sept. 7. Both meetings are free, but require registration.
Posted on August 6, 2014 3:04pm by Erin Lizotte
The 2014 Farm Bill provides retroactive buy-up coverage to Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program producers of eligible non-insurable fruit crops that qualify due to a natural disaster, such as the 2012 freeze.
Posted on August 1, 2014 10:04pm by Curtis Talley Jr.
European red mite populations are building in area orchards and potato leafhopper damage is becoming more apparent. Growers should be scouting for these pests regularly and monitoring pressure.
Posted on August 1, 2014 2:46pm by Erin Lizotte
‘Colossal,’ ‘Nevada,’ ‘Precoce Migoule’ and other cultivars are susceptible and should be checked for chestnut blight cankers in July.
Posted on August 1, 2014 1:45pm by Dennis Fulbright
Find out if your fertilizer program meets the needs of fruit trees, vines and bushes by sampling leaves or petioles and having the nutrient levels measured.
Posted on July 25, 2014 3:49pm by Eric Hanson
A statewide brown marmorated stink bug monitoring program in fruit and vegetable crops continues with more sites reporting, but still no detections to report.
Posted on July 18, 2014 2:28pm by Julianna Wilson