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NMSU Extension specialists to present at annual fruit growers workshop

SANTA FE -- Fruit growers from around the state will gather in Santa Fe Thursday, Feb. 15, at the annual workshop sponsored by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, the New Mexico Apple Council and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture's Marketing Division.


it Growers Annual Workshop will be held at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds, 3229 Rodeo Road. Registration for the free workshop is at 8 a.m. with programs beginning at 8:30 a.m. Six sessions will be conducted in the morning with a New Mexico Apple Council meeting following lunch.

Workshop presenters will discuss the apple maggot and other fruit insect pests, various diseases affecting fruit production, new requirements in the Good Agricultural Practices program, and proper fruit thinning techniques and alternatives.

NMSU Extension Plant Sciences experts making presentations will be Carol Sutherland, state entomologist; Natalie Goldberg, plant pathologist; Nancy Flores, food technology specialist; and Ron Walser, urban small farm specialist and fruit specialist.

Joining the Extension specialists will be Craig Mapel, NMDA marketing specialist, discussing apple sales to public schools; and Ed Costanza, New Mexico Apple Council president, discussing the changes in the use of pheromone puffers for codling moth control.