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Fourth Chestnut Orchard Visit led by COS

Mark your calendar….Fourth COS field trip, July 9th.

On Saturday, July 9 at 1pm Chestnut Orchard Solutions (COS) will hold the next field trip and orchard visit to an orchard near New Era, Michigan.

This highly productive orchard, one of the best in the state right now, will be highlighted on many levels where we will discuss the  things that have been learned to help you plan, plant, and maintain your own orchards! We will also highlight the efficacy of the biological control for chestnut blight and how well it works! We will also have a demonstration of how chestnut blight is treated. Attendees will see mature trees, recently planted trees, along with trees in the midst of pollination time. Come ready to ask questions and discuss!

Please RSVP if you haven’t already so we can plan accordingly.

The address for New Era Chestnuts, LLC is 6998 S. 44th Ave., Montague, Michigan 49437. There is no official address marked on the property, but this should get anyone using google maps to the driveway that leads into the property. The driveway is narrow and somewhat hidden among trees. Please park near the storage shed to the left of the driveway.

If traveling on US 31 either north or south to the Chestnut Orchard, take Exit 136 on Winston Rd and travel west on Winston Road. Turn left (north) at stop sign which is 56th Avenue. Travel to West Wilkie Rd. and turn left (West) and follow road to next stop sign to South 48 Avenue and turn slight right on West Wilkie Road. Continue traveling on to next intersection at curve in road which is S. 44th Avenueand turn right. Continue on gravel road north 300 feet, the driveway to the New Era Chestnut orchard is on your right.

Third Field Trip led by COS

Mark your calendar- June 25, Third Field Trip!

What will we see? A nearly 3 acre site that was previously a forest of non-native trees that has been removed to be planted with a chestnut orchard. You’ll see the result of hard work to remove the trees, prep the land, plant the chestnuts, and protect them so they succeed in the future. Irrigation is in the midst of being installed as is electricity. Come prepared to ask questions and discuss how to establish a chestnut orchard.

Meet at 1pm at the Meijer in Birch Run, Michigan (I-75 exit 136) 9515 Birch Run Road at the south side of the building near the greenhouse. From there trip participants can carpool or caravan to the orchard (about 5 miles east).


Snacks and water will be provided.

Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Second COS field trip—June 11

The next COS field trip June 11—Asian Chestnut Gall Wasp (ACGW) infestation will be the subject of our upcoming field trip.

Meeting time will be held starting at 1:00 pm at the Michigan State University Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  We will meet in the auditorium at the main administration building where restroom facilities are located. The meeting will cover the life cycle of the pest, the biological controls, and how the various cultivars will probably react to the infestation.  See below for directions to the Research Center.

Then about 2:00, we will head to the chestnut plots where we will see first hand the last 2 years infestations and the brand new galls just now developing. The meeting should be over at about 3:00.

Snacks and water will be available.

As usual, clients and their immediate family will be admitted to this field trip free of charge. Non-clients will be assessed a fee of $25.

This field trip will be led by Dennis Fulbright and Josh Springer.


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.


Directions: navigate to this address, 1791 Hillandale Road
Benton Harbor, MI 49022.  Turn into the driveway, go to the first building to the right.

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.


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. 

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.

Orchard Visit led by COS

Chestnut Orchard Visit, May 14 at 1pm—Mark your calendar!

Join Chestnut Orchard Solutions team when we visit the orchard of Alan Brent in Jackson, Michigan.  Details of the field trip are found by clicking Scheduled Field Trips—2016 (left side bar).

Spring is here and Michigan’s flora and fauna provide evidence of the season.  Alan Brent’s chestnuts trees are beginning to break bud and their story is one that every grower or potential grower needs to hear.  The COS team is working hard to provide field trips throughout the summer  that the support our mission of  establishing orchards with the right trees,  the right cultivars, from the right nursery,  established the right way.   Nothing is ever perfect, but Alan Brent’s young orchard may be as close as you can come.

Beautiful spring day at Alan Brent’s chestnut orchard near Jackson, Michigan.
Robin nest and eggs in a  chestnut tree, an example of your orchard’s integration with nature

Details of the field trip are found by clicking Scheduled Field Trips—2016 (left side bar).

COS team members expected at the field trip May 14:  Josh Springer, Carmen Medina and Dennis Fulbright

Scheduled Field Trips—2017

Chestnut Orchard Solutions has scheduled field trips to observe various aspects of chestnut orchard development during this upcoming growing season.

Please continue checking this schedule as more field trips will be added below.

The cost for these orchard visits will be $25 per person unless you are a current client of Chestnut Orchard Solutions. If a current client (consulting membership or more), your access to these field trips for 2017 is free.

We will provide addresses of where to meet and perhaps some other navigation instructions, but we are expecting you to find your way via a navigation device. If you need help please call the number associated with that particular field trip below. This information will be available as we get closer to the date of the event.

April 20, 4:00 pm Fertilizing the orchard (Demonstration)

Meet at MSU-Clarskville Research Center, 9302 Portland Road, Clarksville, Michigan .  This field trip will be held after the Chestnut Orchard Establishment Meeting.  Meet at lobby before heading out to the chestnut plot.


June 4, Benton Harbor: Asian Chestnut Gall Wasp