Jan 31, 2011
Texas Fruit and Grape Seminar to include blackberries

The Comanche County fruit and grape seminar will be held in DeLeon,Tx., Feb. 8, and will offer information on blackberries and a demonstration on peach pruning, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

"Now is the right time to start preparing to prune your peach trees," said Whit Weems, AgriLife Extension agent for Comanche County and program planner.

"The demonstration will include pruning new and young trees, pruning mature trees and dealing with mismanaged trees."

Held at the DeLeon City Auditorium on 125 S. Texas St., participants will earn two continuing education units toward renewal of their Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator license.

"Our target audience is new and existing landowners, small-acreage growers and/or homeowners, and producers considering starting a new orchard," Weems said.

One of the continuing education units will be in the general category and one in integrated pest management, he said.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 9 a.m. A noon meal will be provided. After lunch, the meeting will move to a local peach orchard for the pruning demonstration. Weems and Monte Nesbitt, AgriLife
Extension horticulture specialist, College Station, will conduct the pruning demonstration.

The morning topics and speakers will include:
"Grape Production 101," Fran Pontasch, AgriLife Extension viticulture specialist, Stephenville; "Fruit Production in Central Texas," Nesbitt; and "All About Blackberries," Nesbitt.

For information, contact Whit Weems at 325-356-2539, [email protected]

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