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NMSU, NMDA to host annual fruit growers workshop Feb. 25 in Santa Fe

SANTA FE ? There might be snow on the ground and more storms predicted, but the fruit growers in New Mexico are preparing for the new season. Part of that preparation is attending the New Mexico Fruit Growers annual workshop Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Santa Fe County Fairground, 3229 Rodeo Road.


New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service and New Mexico Department of Agriculture?s marketing division will host the event from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

?This is a great opportunity for fruit growers to learn the latest information about fruit insects and orchard nutrient management, and receive an update on NMSU?s fruit research,? said Donald Martinez, NMSU Extension agent in Rio Arriba County.

Esmaeil Fallahi from the University of Idaho will speak on orchard nutrient management, as well as apple rootstocks, irrigation and training systems.

NMSU entomologist Tess Grasswitz will give a fruit insect update and talk about management techniques to control the spotted wing drosophila that has been found in New Mexico.

Shengrui Yao, NMSU Extension fruit specialist, will give an update on her research.

After a lunch that will be provided, participants will learn about agriculture estate planning from Matthew Danner and ways to work cooperatively to help the fruit industry from Susann Mikkelson.

The workshop is free, but pre-registration is requested to ensure there is enough lunch for all those attending. Register online at http://rsvp.nmsu.edu/rsvp/fruitgrowers2015 or call the Rio Arriba County Extension office at 505-685-4523.