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.
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.
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.