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
Chestnut development continues around Michigan with variable levels of damage reported from the cold snap.
Posted on May 17, 2013 5:14pm by Erin Lizotte
Chestnut trees are breaking dormancy at locations around Michigan. MSU Extension will be tracking chestnut development this season and providing growers with relevant pest management information.
Posted on May 8, 2013 12:16pm by Erin Lizotte
A late spring can be a blessing in disguise. Late growth may mean fruit growers will avoid spring freeze injury.
Posted on April 30, 2013 1:46pm by Mark Longstroth
Spring has arrived for southeast Michigan fruit growers with most seeing green tissue on tree fruits.
Posted on April 23, 2013 2:49pm by Bob Tritten
Plants are budding out slowly as mild warmth brings slow, spring growth.
Posted on April 23, 2013 1:58pm by Mark Longstroth