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.
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
Orchard care should remain a priority, even when winter damage limits the crop.
Posted on July 22, 2015 2:17pm by Erin Lizotte
Japanese beetles are emerging in southern and central Michigan and potato leafhopper populations are substantial.
Posted on July 13, 2015 2:13pm by Erin Lizotte
Scout carefully for Asian chestnut gall wasps, follow quarantine rules prohibiting importing plant material from states with known infestations, and refrain from moving chestnut material between orchards.
Posted on July 8, 2015 12:08pm by Erin Lizotte
This workshop includes a review of chestnut pests, how to scout for and identify them, and management considerations.
Posted on June 25, 2015 1:43pm by Erin Lizotte
Chestnut growers should consider mature trees can sustain substantial rose chafer feeding before any negative impacts are realized and be conservative with chemical treatments.
Posted on June 15, 2015 4:13pm by Erin Lizotte
Growers who are experiencing higher than typical levels of perennial mortality in the field are encouraged to contact the Farm Service Agency.
Posted on May 29, 2015 11:06am by Erin Lizotte
A new farm is sprouting in the Upper Peninsula, thanks to a new farm incubator program.
Posted on May 28, 2015 3:20pm by Ashley McFarland
Chestnut trees are breaking dormancy around Michigan.
Posted on May 15, 2015 3:17pm by Erin Lizotte
Scouting and integrated pest management (IPM) resources for chestnut growers are available through Michigan State University.
Posted on May 15, 2015 2:32pm by Erin Lizotte
Register for the Chestnut Rooted Cuttings Workshop to learn more about the amazing, sweet, edible chestnut and how to use rooted cuttings.
Posted on May 7, 2015 8:58am by Dennis Fulbright