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NMSU's pecan conference will feature a crack team of pecan experts

The 2011 Western Pecan Growers Association Conference and Tradeshow, hosted by the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, is set for March 6-8 at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces. As part of the conference, the popular Pecan Food Fantasy competition will take place March 6.



Pecans appear in a pecan orchard at NMSU's Leyendecker Plant Science Center south of Las Cruces. (photo by Darren Phillips)

"There is nothing else like this for our growers," said Richard Heerema, NMSU's Extension pecan specialist. "The conference provides pecan producers in the Western U.S. with up-to-date information for their orchard operations and creates unique networking opportunities. It brings people from every facet of the pecan industry into one place."

Pecans rank among the most valuable crop in the state. The 2010 season will set a record crop value for New Mexico, estimated at $156.8 million. The state typically ranks near the top in production for the entire country.

This year's conference hosts many speakers and will focus on pest control, orchard management and other topics important for growers. It will include a presentation on the foreign marketing of pecans in countries other than China. The conference's grower's panel will talk about fertilizer programs in their orchards.

For more information, contact Peggy Salopek at (575) 646-2875. Additional information is available at http://pecans.nmsu.edu.