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Santa Fe County Extension reschedules fruit growers' workshop for March 3

SANTA FE - The annual fruit growers' workshop in Santa Fe, which was postponed because of heavy snow, has been rescheduled for March 3.

New Mexico fruit growers' will meet at the annual Fruit Growers' Workshop Wednesday, March 3, at the Santa Fe County Extension complex, 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe. Registration will be at 8 a.m., with the welcome and opening remarks by Ed Costanza, president of the New Mexico Apple Council, at 8:30 a.m.

The free event is sponsored by the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, the New Mexico Apple Council and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Marketing and Development Division.

The morning sessions will feature orchard floor management from two perspectives - pest management and soil fertility. Tess Grasswitz, Extension urban and small-farm integrated pest management specialist at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Los Luans , and Robert Flynn, Extension agronomist at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Artesia, will discuss the aspects of ground cover from their specialty areas.

Natalie Goldberg, Extension plant pathologist with NMSU's Plant Diagnostic Clinic, will discuss Jonathan Spot and other fruit diseases. Carol Sutherland, Extension entomologist with the plant diagnostic clinic, will give an update on insect pests and available controls to deal with these insects.

Del Jimenez, Extension agriculture specialist at NMSU's Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, will talk about high tunnels for fruit production.

Ron Walser, Extension urban small farm specialist at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas, will talk about alternative fruit varieties for New Mexico. Richard Heerema, Extension pecan specialist, will discuss nuts that will grow in Northern New Mexico's climate.

The New Mexico Apple Council will hold a meeting following the presentations.

To register for the workshop, contact Patrick Torres by email at patorres@nmsu.edu or by phone at (505) 471-4711. Lunch will be provided by the New Mexico Apple Council.