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NMSU to host grafting, jujube tree pruning workshop at Alcalde

ALCALDE, N.M. ? New Mexico State University will host a grafting and jujube workshop from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, 371 County Road 40.

This event is two workshops combined. The first workshop, on grafting, will begin with a 20-minute presentation on whip and tongue grafting and bark grafting, followed by a hands-on practice session for an hour. The second workshop will include presentation on the basics of jujube trees and its growing habits, followed by a field pruning demonstration.

?The grafting portion of the program is for all fruit growers who like to learn grafting techniques or want to change fruit tree cultivars through grafting,? said Shengrui Yao, NMSU Extension fruit specialist.

?However, since it is very hard to get high quality jujube plants, of which the price is expensive, I would like to teach the growers how to graft and propagate jujube plants on their own,? Yao said. ?I do encourage jujube growers to attend this session. The jujube growing habits and pruning session are for growers who have jujube trees or have an interest in growing them.?

The free workshop has limited space for 30 participants. Call Augusta or Patricia at 505-852-4241 to register or register online at http://rsvp.nmsu.edu/rsvp/grafting. This program is supported by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant through the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.