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Apple Growers to Hold Workshop

LAS CRUCES--Insects, apple nutrition and the best way to take soil and leave samples will be on the agenda at the Apple Orchard Management Workshop April 22 at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas.

A workshop is held every three months to focus on issues affecting growers at appropriate times of the year, said Esteban Herrera, horticulturist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service.

"We try to cover issues that benefit established growers as well as those who are just starting their orchards," Herrera said. "Everyone is welcome to attend, whether they are apple growers or not."

Red and yellow delicious are the most common varieties grown in the state, followed by Rome beauty, he said. Some producers also grow newer varieties like braeburn, fuji and gala.

New Mexico's apples have a sweeter taste than apples grown in other parts of the country, Herrera said. "The weather in the state is so great that the sugar content is much higher than in areas like Washington," he said. "The color may not be there, but the taste and sweetness is much better."

Most of New Mexico's apples are marketed locally around the time of harvest, because the state's production is relatively low compared to other states. New Mexico doesn't have the cold storage facilities to keep the apples fresh until later in the season, Herrera explained.

This will be the first workshop for the New Mexico Apple Council. The council's first officers were elected in February, he said. Officers are Edward Constanza, president; Robert S. Perea, vice president; and Benjamin Griego, secretary/treasurer. The board of directors includes: Francis Burke, Bobby Birch, Jim Niebaun, Juan Sandoval and Edward Velarde.

For more information about the workshop, contact Herrera at (505)646-2921. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate, please contact Herrera by April 17.