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NMSU Extension to host free fruit growers workshop in Santa Fe, April 18

Whether you are a novice fruit grower or a seasoned producer, there is something for everyone at the free Fruit Growers Annual Workshop in Santa Fe April 18. The event is sponsored New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, the New Mexico Apple Council and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Marketing Division.

Though preregistration is not required, it is recommended that interested participants register by April 16 so coordinators can notify attendees if there are any updates about the workshop.

"Fruit growers will get updates on some of the trends occurring in the fruit industry," said Patrick Torres, Extension agent in Santa Fe County. "Commercial growers will also have an opportunity to learn about some alternative ways of producing fruit under high tunnels as well as training the different types of fruit trees to maximize their production potential."

At the workshop, Shengrui Yao, a fruit specialist with the Sustainable Agricultural Science Center at Alcalde, will discuss winter injury to fruit trees and late frost management. Stephen Hoying, from the Cornell University Extension Service, will talk about training systems for fruit trees.

Richard Heerema, an Extension pecan specialist, will give attendees information on re-plant disease and Craig Mapel, a marketing specialist with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, will give an update on marketing.

Stacy Gerk, a vegetable inspector with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, will give an overview on Good Agricultural Practices certification.

Carol Sutherland, an NMSU entomologist, will give an update on fruit pest control and Greg Lang, from Michigan State University, will talk on high tunnel fruit production.

The event will be held at the Santa Fe County Fair Building at 3229 Rodeo Road.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the workshop starts at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided and the workshop is scheduled to end at 2:30 p.m.

The New Mexico Apple Council will hold a facilitated meeting the following day. April 19, beginning at 9 a.m.

For more information about the workshop or to preregister, contact Torres at 505-471-4711 or email patorres@nmsu.edu.