The 2023 Nice Lakes Produce, Produce and Farm Market EXPO shall be held December 5-7 at DeVos Place and Amway Grand Resort in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Yearly, EXPO has a median of three,000 to 4,000 attendees attending the commerce present and academic classes masking fruits, greens, agricultural advertising and greenhouse crops. This yr’s common agricultural classes embrace audio system with a wide range of matters, together with work, data for starting farmers, and natural practices. New to EXPO 2023 shall be an expanded innovation expertise targeted on labor-saving applied sciences. One corridor of the honest shall be devoted to agricultural innovation and expertise.
Fruit schooling classes will start the morning of Tuesday, December 5. A session on grapes will cowl safety in opposition to insect pests, illness administration methods and the mixing of biochar into winery practices. Within the candy cider session, presenters will focus on meals security ideas and juice processing expertise, in addition to using heirloom and red-fleshed apples in candy cider.
On Tuesday afternoon, a session on apples will cowl root fundamentals for water and nutrient uptake and instruments for scheduling irrigation. In the meantime, in the course of the grape session, audio system will handle cover structure in Merlot vines, a clear plant program for grapevine seedlings, and frost safety methods.
On the morning of Wednesday, December 6, a blueberry session will cowl organic pest management with parasitoids and nematodes, insect pest administration within the Southeast, berries in excessive tunnels, and also will present an replace on the College’s Enviroweather venture Michigan State. Highlights from the cherry session embrace organic controls of spotted-wing Drosophila, results of netting on hen harm, the economics of tart cherries, and high-density candy cherries. And within the peaches and plums session: options to chlorpyrifos to manage stone fruit pests and fungicides to manage brown rot and different illnesses.
A session on apples on Wednesday afternoon will cowl the impact of climate patterns on illness administration, apple pest administration and resistance to fungicide rain. A session on blueberries will handle natural nitrogen sources, crop administration, pollination and irrigation.
On the morning of Thursday, December 7, a session on sustainable fruit manufacturing will cowl root/microbe interactions in grapes, the basics of biocontrol and decision-making fashions. A session on laborious cider will embrace microbiological, sanitary and processing suggestions to enhance high quality, balancing native distribution and gross sales, and updates from the Michigan Cider Affiliation.
Particular occasions embrace the Michigan Apple Cider Competitors and an trade banquet going down the night of Wednesday, December 6. The Michigan State Horticultural Society presents two distinguished service awards in the course of the banquet. For extra data go to: glexpo.com.
—by Matt Milkovich