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 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
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
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
Consider these tips in improving fungicide spray efficacy and efficiency.
Posted on July 8, 2014 3:12pm by Annemiek Schilder
Rose chafers have been seen throughout the chestnut producing regions of Michigan. Growers should consider that mature trees can sustain a substantial amount of feeding before any negative impacts are realized and be conservative with chemical treatments.
Posted on June 24, 2014 2:27pm by Erin Lizotte