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N.M. Apple Growers Conference Scheduled

LAS CRUCES - The 1996 New Mexico Apple Growers Conference will be held Feb. 16-17 at the Barcelona Court All Suites Hotel in Albuquerque.


The conference will address almost every aspect of apple orchard management including tree training and pruning, water needs and management, insects and diseases, frost control, organic growing and integrated pest management. On the business side, topics such as establishing cost and marketing will be featured.

Speakers from universities in Michigan, Washington, Utah, Arizona and California, as well as NMSU, will highlight the conference.

One of the guest speakers, Ron Perry from Michigan State University, is a well-known scientist working with rootstocks.

"His research on rootstocks is the most extensive and intensive on that subject," said Esteban Herrera, horticulturist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. "In fact, Michigan State University is the only U.S. university to release semi-dwarf rootstock for apples."

One of the guest speakers, Ron Perry from Michigan State University, is a well-known scientist working with rootstocks.

The conference is sponsored by the NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, New Mexico Apple Council and the Rural Agricultural Improvement and Public Affairs Project in north--central N.M.

The registration fee is $45 per pair for members of the New Mexico Apple Council, and $55 per pair for non-members. This fee includes banquet and lunch tickets. There is a $5 discount for registrations received before Feb. 12. Make checks payable to the New Mexico Apple Council, and mail to Gene Lopez, P.O. Box 4173, Fairview, NM 87533.

For more information about the conference and registration, contact Juan Sandoval at (505) 425-7015, Esteban Herrera at (505) 646-2921, or your local county Extension agent.