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First Statewide Apple Growers Conference in Five Years Held

LAS CRUCES - The first statewide Apple Growers Conference in five years (Feb. 16-17 at the Barcelona Suites in Albuquerque) will cover all aspects of orchard management.

"During the last five years, workshops in the four quadrants of the state were held in order to have field trips to local orchards," said Esteban Herrera, horticulture specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. "We decided to have a statewide conference again to cover as many apple orchard management topics as possible."

The conference will address standard apple orchard management practices such as pruning; grafting; fertilization; pollination; use of plant regulators; new apple varieties; and insect, disease and weed control. Speakers will include specialists from NMSU, North Carolina State University, Utah State University and the University of Arizona, as well as apple growers.

The conference is sponsored by NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service and the New Mexico Apple Council (NMAC). Registration for the conference is $60 for NMAC members and $50 for nonmembers. Conference proceedings and lunch cost $10 each.

For more information, contact Herrera at (505) 646-2921 or Ed Constanza, NMAC president, at (505) 246-5337.