About Us

WHO ARE THE MICHIGAN PEACH SPONSORS?

Michigan Peach Sponsors (MPS) is a non-profit, volunteer organization for advancing and promoting the Michigan Peach and Nectarine industries.  MPS represent the Michigan peach industry in legislative issues and works closely with Michigan State University on issues concerning peaches.

Michigan Peach Sponsors develops research and extension priorities to help focus attention and encourage work on problems facing the Michigan Peach and national peach industries.

Michigan Peach Sponsors provides monetary support to projects important to the Michigan Peach industry, with special emphasis on the Michigan State University peach breeding and peach evaluation program. MPS has also been a strong supporter of the Michigan Dept of Ag “Select Michigan” program for promoting Michigan agriculture.

Michigan Peach/Nectarine Research & Extension Needs and Priorities

  • Ongoing, aggressive breeding and new variety evaluation program for new peach varieties. The long-range health of the Michigan peach industry depends on a steady flow of promising new varieties from breeding programs geared toward the Michigan climate.
  • Evaluation of new insect management products and strategies, including pheromone disruption, application technology. Insects of particular concern are: western flower thrips, San Jose scale, peach borer, oriental fruit moth, tarnished plant bug, marmorated stink bug, and 2-spotted drosophila fruit fly.
  • Develop better bacterial spot management strategies for peaches, nectarines, and apricots.
  • Improve crop thinning, harvest timing and handling criteria for peaches. The development of useful chemical and mechanical thinners for peaches would be a great boon to the Michigan industry. Research is needed on peach orchard systems and tree structure amenable to mechanical blossom thinning.
  • Improved marketing strategies for wholesale and direct sells including promotional strategies such as “Select Michigan”
Peaches In a Basket
Peaches In Tree
  • Identify, regulate, and reduce virus, phytoplasma, and viroid problems in Michigan stone fruit farms. Expertise and funding are needed in Michigan to aid research, regulatory, and extension programs for protecting stone fruit against plum pox virus, X-disease phytoplasma, prune dwarf virus, necrotic ring spot virus, and peach latent mosaic viroid. Strategies are needed to keep breeding material and budwood orchards free of contamination, and a systematic program is needed to reduce endemic virus problems in peach commercial orchards.
  • Find improved rootstock for peaches. Numerous new rootstock need to be tested with Michigan varieties under Michigan conditions. Test trials are needed in several locations with the new rootstock.
  • Expand small plot and semi-commercial evaluation plots. Many new peach varieties are appearing in recent years from private and public breeding programs. Michigan growers need objective evaluations of the new varieties to guide important orchard planning decisions. Evaluations of fruit should be made of new variety productivity, fruit size, quality, disease and insect resistance on both small plot and semi-commercial scale at several locations in Michigan.
  • Determine processing characteristics for both melting and non-melting peach varieties. New non-melting and melting flesh peach varieties recently introduced into Michigan need to be evaluated for their suitability for the processing peach market. In California, melting type peach varieties are a large part of the processing slice market…currently, essentially no melting flesh peaches have been evaluated for their suitability.
  • Develop new peach canker management strategies. Examine chemical and cultural strategies for their effectiveness in managing peach canker disease.

Michigan Peach Sponsor Board

PRESIDENT
Mark Schilling

SECRETARY/TREASURER
Matt Moser

UNIVERSITY ADVISOR
Dr. Bill Shane

DIRECTORS
Kurt Weber, Matt Moser, Fred Koeningshof, Marc Willmeng, Scott Phelps, Mark Schilling, and Bill Nybald

2019 MEMBERS OF THE MICHIGAN PEACH SPONSORS

Bronze

Adams County Nursery, Bittner Singer Orchards, Corey Lake Orchards,  Gavin Orchards, Higbee’s Farm, Hillside Orchards, Jelli’s Apple Orchard, Josh McCartney, Nels Nyblad Farmily Farm LLC, Nick Nyblad, Nofke Family Farms, Rim’s Edge Orchard, Robinette Orchards, Roger Miller, Schultz Fruitridge Farms, Windy Ridge Orchards, Zirk Welding & Irrigation

Silver

A W Overhiser Orchards, Crane Orchards, Culby Fruit Brokers, Ellis Family Farms, Epple Family Farms, Flavorland Farms, Gast Farms, Gold Coast Farms, Greenstone Farm Credit Services, Hildebrand Fruit Farms, JW Morlock & Girls, K & K Farms, Kurt Weber, Mammoth Fruit Farms, Miller Chemical & Fertilizer, MM Farms, Rasch Family Orchards, Santos & Lucas Costanza, Summit Sales, Tree-Mendus Fruit, Umlor Orchards, Watervliet Fruit Exchange

Gold

Apple Holler, Czuba Fruit Farms, Dennis W Umlor Farms, Herman Farms, Lemieux Farms, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Wilbur-Ellis Watervliet

Platinum
Moser Fruit Tree Sales, Greg Orchards & Produce, Hawkeye Farms


Want to join the michigan peach sponsors?

We invite all interested individuals and organizations to become members of the Michigan Peach Sponsors! Members of the Michigan Peach Sponsors receive a quarterly newsletter, updates, reduced rates for conferences sponsored by MPS, and the satisfaction of helping to promote Michigan’s Peach industry!