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NMSU to host fruit tree pruning workshop at Alcalde March 8

ALCALDE – It’s time to prune fruit trees to prepare for this year’s growth and crop yield.

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Rob Heyduck, senior research specialist at New Mexico State University's Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde, is pruning a jujube fruit tree. A workshop will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 8, to provide tips to pruning a wide variety of fruit trees. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

New Mexico State University’s Extension fruit specialist Shengrui Yao will provide tips for pruning fruit trees at a workshop from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 8, at NMSU’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde.

“Home gardeners, small-acreage farmers and commercial fruit growers are all welcome to attend this event,” Yao said. “We will cover most temperature fruit tree species, such as apple, peach, cherry, pear, plum and apricot, as well as blackberries and raspberries.”

After an indoor presentation about pruning techniques, there will be hands-on sessions in the orchard for the participants to work with the different variety of trees.

The workshop is organized by Extension agricultural agents Tony Valdez, Taos County; Donald Martinez, Rio Arriba County; Tom Dominguez, Santa Fe County; and Yao.

The workshop is limited to 40 participants. Pre-register at https://rsvp.nmsu.edu/rsvp/treepruning2019, or call Anna or Augusta at 505-852-4241 to register.