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NMSU to host fruit growers workshop March 1

ALCALDE – The New Mexico Fruit Growers will return to one of New Mexico’s most scenic and historically significant properties, Los Luceros Ranch, for its annual workshop.


Still-life of fruit.
Fruit growers in New Mexico will meet for their annual workshop Friday, March 1, at the Los Luceros Ranch at Alcalde. Pre-registration is requested. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service will host the educational event from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the 148-acre ranch located north of Alcalde on County Road 41.

“The ranch provides us with a wonderful opportunity because of the established fruit orchard on the property,” said Shengrui Yao, NMSU Extension fruit specialist. “We have several outstanding presenters for this year’s workshop.”

This year’s agenda includes presentations on frost monitoring and crop damage mitigation, orchard fertility management, fruit and nut species and cultivars for northern New Mexico, pest and disease management product update, pest pheromone disruption and monitor trap demonstration, and apple orchard renovation pruning demonstration.

“Since registration costs include lunch and materials, pre-registration will help us have an accurate head count to ensure there will be enough food for everyone,” Yao said.

Pre-registration before Feb. 20 is $15 per person. After Feb. 20, it is $20 per person. To pre-register, call Joy at 505-471-4711. Submit cash or check payment to the Santa Fe County Extension office, attention Joy Czmyrid, 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM, 87507. Make payments by check, payable to New Mexico State University.