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.  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.

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  • 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

  • Chestnut growers: Mark your calendars for these two important meetings

    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

  • 2014 Farm Bill provides additional NAP buy-up coverage for 2012 fruit crop losses

    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.

  • Michigan chestnut update – July 31, 2014

    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

  • Time to scout for chestnut blight on European and Japanese hybrid cultivars

    ‘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

  • Tissue analysis for monitoring fruit nutrition

    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

  • Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for July 17, 2014

    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

  • Lecanium scale numbers building on chestnuts

    Chestnut growers in some areas of Michigan are experiencing high levels of Lecanium scale infestation. Growers with young, susceptible trees should be particularly diligent in scouting for this pest.

    Posted on July 18, 2014 9:43am by Erin Lizotte

  • Michigan chestnut update—July 9, 2014

    Potato leafhopper populations are building and the first reports of Japanese beetles are coming in from southeastern Michigan. Growers should be aware of potential damage from these pests.

    Posted on July 10, 2014 9:54am by Erin Lizotte

  • How to get the most out of your fungicide sprays

    Consider these tips in improving fungicide spray efficacy and efficiency.

    Posted on July 8, 2014 3:12pm by Annemiek Schilder

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