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