2012-09-06 / Community News

Fruit & Nut Orchard Conference Scheduled

Producers interested in growing fruits or nuts for health, wealth or recreation in Texas, are invited to participate in the Texas Fruit & Nut Orchard Conference, October 11 and 12, at The Brazos Center in Bryan. Whether you’re a prospective grower starting a new commercial fruit orchard or an established commercial fruit grower seeking to offer alternative fruit crops and production systems in Texas, this Conference will have something for you.

While this Conference is intended to assist commercial fruit producers, the materials presented will also be helpful to homeowners and gardeners who simply want to grow fruits and nuts for home consumption and pleasure. Texas has tremendous diversity in weather, soils and water availability, providing significant challenges in fruit growing. This Conference will cover critical topics of water, nutrient, disease and insect management. Earth- Kind(r) techniques for growing fruit in Texas will also be discussed. One mini-session will be devoted to recommended varieties of fruits for different regions of Texas.

Texas AgriLife Extension specialists from College Station, Dallas, Fredericksburg, Lubbock and Uvalde will present successful growing practices for pecans, figs, citrus, olives and pomegranates. High tunnels, tools for protecting fruit crops from frost damage and extending market windows, will be discussed. Successful peach and berry producer, Dale Ham, of Ham Orchards in Terrell, Texas, will share his experiences in marketing fruits.

Pesticide continuing education units (CEU’s) will be offered for this one and a half day long event.

Registration for this event is online at http:// agriliferegister. tamu.edu. Registration is $75 through October 2. On-site registration is $80.

Individuals with disabilities who plan to attend the meeting and who may need auxiliary aids, services or accommodations must contact the Lee County Extension office at least five (5) days prior to the event so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Keeton Ehrig is the County Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, in Lee County. He can be reached at (979)542-2753 or visit the Lee County office at 310 S. Grimes Street in Giddings.

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