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NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service to host virtual fruit grower workshop March 11-12

The New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will host its annual fruit grower workshop virtually from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 11-12. The workshop, which will be presented on Zoom, is free but pre-registration is required.


Tree branch of jujube fruit
New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service will host its annual fruit grower workshop March 11-12 on Zoom. (Courtesy photo)

To receive the Zoom information, register at https://alcaldesc.nmsu.edu/.

Topics for the two-day workshop include pollinator conservation in orchards, an update on jujube cultivar trials, challenges of stone fruit production in northern New Mexico, protecting fruit trees from wildlife and fruit predators and increasing fruit quality and reducing disorders through nutrient management in apples along with an opportunity to meet the Extension agents.

Speakers include Sam Smallidge, NMSU wildlife specialist; Ge Zhang, entomology postdoc researcher at the Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas; and Shengrui Yao, fruit specialist at the Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde; as well as the invited speaker Lee Kalcsits, associate professor at Washington State University, who is a well-known fruit tree physiologist working on apple mineral nutrition management.

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture approves two continuing education units for attending the workshop.

For issues with registration, the Zoom download or link, contact Hannah Hughes at hannah99@nmsu.edu or 505-470-8590.

For more information, contact Tom Dominguez at tdomingu@nmsu.edu or 505-471-4711; Don Martinez at donmart@nmsu.edu or 505- 685-4523; or Yao at yaos@nmsu.edu or 505-852-4241.