First COS Field Trip A Success——Preparations Underway For 2nd Field Trip —June 11—To See Gall Wasp

Participants in COS’s first field trip for 2016 are not deterred by the unseasonable weather and strike out across the field to view other parts of the Jackson-based Alan Brent orchard.

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Nearly all of the cultivars made it through the fall planting which took place before the 2014/15 record breaking Michigan frigid winter.  Now beginning to break bud after the relatively mild 2015/16 winter, most of the young trees are growing from the terminal buds and have missed the potential of a mid-May frost.   The future appears bright for the 2016 growing season.

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Mark your calendar!  Next COS’s field trip, June 11—Benton Harbor, Michigan. Topic to be discussed: Asian Chestnut Gall Wasp. Details on this trip will be posted by June 1. 

Leaf distortion and gall formation caused by Asian chestnut gall wasp on chestnut. Photo provided by Dennis Fulbright.
Leaf distortion and gall formation caused by Asian chestnut gall wasp on chestnut. Photo provided by Dennis Fulbright.

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