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NMSU Extension to host fruit workshop in Abiquiu

ABIQUIU – The first sign of spring is fruit trees in bloom, reminding us that caring for trees and orchard is key to having a good fruit crop.


To help commercial growers and home gardeners have the best yield possible, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture marketing division are hosting a fruit workshop Thursday, May 1, at the Rio Arriba County Rural Event Center, State Road 554 House #122-A, Abiquiu. The free event will begin at 9 a.m.

“Growers will receive information on all aspects of orchard management,” said Donald Martinez, Rio Arriba County Extension agricultural agent. “NMSU Extension specialists will speak on a wide variety of topics about raising fruit trees, whether it’s one tree or an orchard.”

The workshop topics will include:
• Site selection and soil preparation, presented by Robert Flynn, NMSU Extension agronomist.
• Apple and fruit varieties and rootstock, presented by Richard Heerema, NMSU Extension pecan specialist.
• Insect pest management of orchards, presented by Carol Sutherland, NMSU Extension entomologist.
• Frost management, presented by Ed Costanza, past president of the New Mexico Apple Council.
• Restoring old orchards and pruning, presented by Shengrui Yao, NMSU Extension fruit specialist.
• Economics of growing apples, presented by Jerry Hawkes, NMSU Extension Animal Science and Natural Resources department head and agriculture economist.
• Apple dehydration demonstration by Desaree Jimenez, NMSU Rio Arriba County Extension home economist.

A light lunch will be provided. Participants are asked to RSVP by April 25. For more information, contact Martinez at 505-685-4523.