BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension is collaborating with local apple orchardist of over 30 years, Shirley Blackburn, to host a program on Integrated Pest Management strategies and fruit tree pruning for home-orchards or small commercial orchards. Join us for an all-day excursion across Metamora, IL on Friday, February 15.
This exclusive program will focus on the necessary skills to overcome the two greatest obstacles to apple production in the Illinois landscape: insect and disease management strategies needed throughout the growing season, and proper tree pruning.
Strategic pruning can increase the quality and quantity of fruit production, reduce the occurrence of diseases by increasing airflow, and improving the longevity of the tree. However, most are unsure where to start or how to complete this process. Shirley will share her strategies and provide hands-on training to ensure participants master this critical skill.
A second barrier to producing apples is managing insects and diseases that threaten both trees and fruit. Blackburn will provide detailed timelines and strategies for scouting, insect identification, and insecticides.
The active management strategies presented here will put growers on the path toward productivity and a beautiful harvest in 2019.
Shirley Blackburn, Nursery Manager and Owner of Partridge Point Orchard will teach these sessions on February 15. $20 registration includes the morning session on Integrated Pest Management will be held at Christian Union Church (925 W Walnut St, Metamora, IL). Following a boxed lunch (included with registration), the afternoon session will be held at Partridge Point Orchard (807 Partridge Point Road, Metamora, IL). Shirley will show examples of pruned vs. unpruned trees, give tips on different types of trees and guide you while you practice on an actual apple tree in her orchard. She will also show the results of her own pest management strategies to keep her apples looking healthy.
Participants are encouraged to bring loppers and pruning shears if possible (label with tape or with your name beforehand). Don’t have any? Limited quantities are available for use on site. To register, please visit us online at go.illinois.edu/RegisterLMW or contact the McLean County Extension Office at (309) 663-8306.
University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call 309-663-8306.
— University of Illinois Extension
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