2017 Texas Fruit Conference Tentative Program

Monday Afternoon October 2nd, 2017,  City of New Braunfels Civic Convention Center
11:30-1:00 pm On-Site Registration

Session 1: Basic Training for New Growers
1:00-1:50 Evaluating and preparing soil for a new orchard, Jim Kamas
2:00-2:50 Irrigation system installation, management and modification,  Larry Stein
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:00 Reducing tree and vine failure with good planting technique and establishment practices, Monte Nesbitt
4:00-5:00 Fruit Variety Selection by Region for Texas Kamas, Stein, Nesbitt
5:00 pm Texas Fruit Tasting on-site, Elizabeth McMahon, Coordinator

Tuesday Morning, October 3rd, 2017, City of New Braunfels Civic Convention Center

Session 2: Pesticide Recertification Continuing Education

8:00-9:00 Laws and Regulations for pesticide use, Speaker TBD
9:00-10:00 Fruit crop herbicides & sprayer calibration for ground application, Jim Kamas
10-10:15 Break
10:15-1:15 Fruit crop fungicides & sprayer calibration for tree sprayers, Monte Nesbitt
11:15-12:15 Fruit crop insecticides & control of challenging insects (grasshoppers, borers, scales, stinkbugs), Bill Ree
12:15-1:00 Lunch (provided on-site)

Session 3: The Future of Texas Fruit Growing

1:00-2:00 Future of Stone Fruits in Texas, Dr. David Byrne
2:00-2:45 Future of Pome Fruits in Texas, Dr. Larry Stein
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-3:45 Future of Citrus in Texas, Monte Nesbitt
3:45-4:30 Future of Blackberries & Blueberries in Texas, Jim Kamas
4:30-5:15 Future of Minor Fruits–Figs, Pomegranates, Jujube, Kiwi, Persimmons, Kamas, Stein, Nesbitt
5:15 Adjourn

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2016 Texas Fruit Conference Program Agenda

Monday

Afternoon

October 31st, 2016 City of New Braunfels Civic Convention Center
11:00am-1:00 pm On-Site Registration  
1:00-4:30 New Grower Session  
1:00 History of Commercial Fuit Growing in Texas Dr. George Ray McEachern, Texas A&M University
1:40

 

Neuromarketing Food and Agricultural Products Dr. Marco Palma, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station
2:10

 

Successful Outcomes in Farmers Markets Laura Miller, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Tarrant County
2:40 Break-Visit with Exhibitors  
3:00 Keys to Successful Small Acreage Fruit Growing Jim Kamas, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Fredericksburg
3:30

 

Common Mistakes with Fruit Tree Fertilizer Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Uvalde
4:00 Water Needs, Delivery and Conservation for Fruit Trees Monte Nesbitt, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station
4:30

 

Ask the Experts  Panel Discussion  
5:00 pm Adjourn  
6:00-7:30 pm Welcome Reception for Everyone Courtyard New Braunfels River Village
Tuesday

Morning

November 1st  
8:00am-8:30 am On-Site Registration  
8:30

 

All About Avocados Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Uvalde
9:00

 

The Oily Romance of Olives in Texas Monte Nesbitt, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station
9:30

 

Table Grapes-Reality or Fantasy for Texas? Jim Kamas, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Fredericsburg
10:00 Break  
10:30 Early Results of High Tunnel Blackberries Dr. Russ Wallace, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Lubbock
11:00

 

Improving Stone Fruit Performance through Rootstock Selection Dr. Tom Beckman, USDA-ARS Southeastern Fruit & Tree Nut Laboratory, Byron, Ga.
11:30 Texas Cider—New Comeback for an Old World Fruit Product Wes Mickel, Argus Cidery, Austin, Texas
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Provided  
1:00pm

 

Experiences in Starting a Fruit Orchard Tim McCaskill, Austin Orchards
1:30 pm Stinkbugs & Leaffooted bugs—Traditional and Organic Approaches to Control Bill Ree, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station
2:00 pm Most-diagnosed Fruit Diseases in Texas Dr. Kevin Ong, Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
2:30 pm Break—Visit with Exhibitors  
3:00 pm Global Trends in Consumer Demand for Peaches and Other Stone Fruits Dr. Dave Byrne, Texas A&M University, College Station
3:30 pm

 

Southeastern Medium-Chill Peaches for Consideration in Texas Dr. Tom Beckman, USDA-ARS Southeastern Fruit & Tree Nut Laboratory, Byron, Ga.
4:00 pm

 

Beyond the Fringe—Exotic, High-Value Fruit and their Potential for Success/failure in Texas Tim Hartmann, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station
4:30 pm Pomegranate Update & Tasting Jim Kamas, Larry Stein & Beth McMahon
5:00 pm Conference Adjourns
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2015 Texas High Tunnel Program Agenda

College Station Hilton & Conference Center, Oct. 7th, 2015, Morning Session:

8:00 – Registration

8:30 – Growing Fruits and Vegetables from the Farm to Table, Bob & Cora Lamar, Oak Hill Farms, Poteet

9:00 – Rootstock Selection and High Tunnel Production with Grafted Tomatoes, Dr. Cary Rivard, Fruit & Vegetable Specialist, Kansas State University

10:00 – Break (visit with sponsors and exhibitors)

10:15 – Improving Crop Performance Using Drip Irrigation in Open Field and High Tunnels, Dr. Larry Stein, Extension Specialist, Horticulture

11:15 – Pesticide Laws & RegulationsBrad Tullis, Inspector V, Pesticide Division, Texas Department of Agriculture

12:15 – Lunch Provided (visit with sponsors and exhibitors)

Afternoon Session:  

 

1:00 – Integrated Pest Management for High Tunnel Strawberries, Dr. Cary Rivard, Fruit & Vegetable Specialist, Kansas State University

2:00 – How to Get the Most from Your High Tunnel,  Dr. Russ Wallace, Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

2:30 – Consumer Expectations for Growing Quality Commercial Strawberries, David Figliola –Business Development Manager, H.E.B., San Antonio

3:00 – Break (visit with sponsors and exhibitors)

3:15 – Promoting Insect Pollination in Tunnels and Beyond, Lauren Ward, M.S., Apiary Manager, Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab, Bryan

4:15 – Comparing Organic vs. Conventional Pest Control in High Tunnel Strawberries, Dr. Russ Wallace, Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

5:15 – Depart (Have a safe trip home!)

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2015 Texas Fruit Conference Program Schedule

Presentation times could change, but content should include the following:

Monday

Afternoon

October 5th, 2015 College Station Hilton & Conference Center
12:00-1:00 pm On-Site Registration
1:00-4:30 Opening Session
1:00

 

The Fruit Orchard Foundation: Site-Soil-Water Dr. George Ray McEachern, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
1:30

 

Open Center Peach Tree Training & Pruning Mr. Jim Kamas, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Fredericksburg, Texas
2:00

 

Fruit Tree Grafting & Budding Overview Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Uvalde, Texas
2:30 Break-Visit with Exhibitors
3:00 Home/Small Orchard Insecticides Mr. Bill Ree, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, College Station, Texas
3:30

 

Weed Management & Sprayer Calibration Mr. Monte Nesbitt, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, College Station, Texas
4:00

 

Jujube; the no spray fruit—or is it? Mr. William D. ‘Bill ‘Adams, Harris County Extension Horticulturist (retired) & author
4:30 Question/Answer Session
5:00 pm Adjourn Monday Session
6:00-7:30 pm Welcome Reception for Everyone  
Tuesday

Morning

October 6th Hilton College Station & Conference Center
8:00am-8:45 am On-Site Registration
8:30

 

Organic Fruit Production in Texas—Opportunities and Challenges Mr. Monte Nesbitt, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station, Texas
9:00

 

The Texas Strawberry Revival Dr. Russ Wallace, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, Lubbock, Texas
9:30

 

Growing Walnuts in Texas—Past, Present, Future Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Uvalde, Texas
10:00 Break
10:30 Protected Fruit Culture in China—Concepts and Application for Texas Dr. Dave Byrne, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
11:00 Southern Fruit Fellowship Lecture: Dwarf Severenia buxifolia , a new citrus rootstock Dr. Ethan Natelson, Southern Fruit Fellowship, Houston, Texas
11:30

 

Sothern Fruit Fellowship Lecture: Sustainable Beekeeping Mr. Randell Verhoek, Past President, American Honey Producers Association
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Provided
1:00pm

 

Experiences in the Fruit Business Mr. Russ Studebaker, Studebaker Farms, Fredericksburg, Texas
1:40 pm

 

Kiwifruit and Other Fruit Frontiers Dr. David Creech, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas
2:15 pm Question & Answer  Session
2:30 pm Break—Visit with Exhibitors
3:00 pm

 

From T.V. Munson to Biotechnology—Progress with Pierce’s Disease Resistant Grapes Mr. Andrew Labay, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Fredericksburg, Texas
3:30 pm

 

Unraveling Fruit Tree Root Rots in 2015 Dr. David Appel and Ms. Sheila McBride, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station
4:00 pm

 

Brown Rot of Stone Fruits—Rainy Season Reminders Mr. Jim Kamas, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Fredericksburg, Texas
4:30 pm Pomegranate variety tasting Larry Stein and Jim Kamas
5:00 pm Conference Adjourns
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4th Annual Texas Fruit Conference Oct. 5th & 6th, 2015

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Make plans to attend the 4th annual Texas Fruit Conference, October 5th & 6th, College Station Hilton & Conference Center, College Station, Texas

What is it? The Texas Fruit Conference is an educational program by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, aimed at bringing together commercial and recreational fruit growers from around the state to hear and discuss the challenges and successes of fruit growing in Texas.

New Faces: This year we are partnering with Southern Fruit Fellowship, a chapter of North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX) with members in several Gulf Coast States. SFF is holding their annual meeting at the Texas Fruit Fellowship and sponsoring two lectures on Tuesday (see details in the program schedule).

This program offers valuable information updates to seasoned fruit growers while also providing persons with no experiences in orchard management a place to learn how to get started.

This 4rthFall Fruit Conference in Aggieland features exciting topics: –

¨  Opening session, Monday afternoon—Peach tree pruning, grafting, home orchard insecticides, more

¨  Networking reception, Monday evening, College Station Hilton & Conference Center

¨  Tuesday session—strawberries, kiwifruit, walnuts, honeybees,  brown rot management, organic fruit, more.

¨  Pomegranate fruit variety tasting! Sample some of the newest pomegranate varieties in Texas trials.

Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. George Ray McEachern will discuss the fruit orchard’s foundation—site, soil and water
  • Dr. David Byrne—protected culture of fruits in China
  • Russ Studebaker, Studebaker Farms-Fredericksburg—Experiences in fruit growing and marketing
  • Dr. David Creech, Stephen F. Austin University—Kiwifruit in Texas
  • William D. ‘Bill’ Adams—Jujube

Southern Fruit Fellowship Lectures:

Dr. Ethan Natelson—Dwarf Severinia citrus rootstock, Mr. Randell Verhoek, Sustainable Beekeeping

AgriLife Extension Speakers:

Larry Stein, Jim Kamas, Monte Nesbitt, David Appel, Sheila McBride, Bill Ree, Andrew Labay

When is it? Registration begins 12 Noon, Monday, October 5th, presentations 1:00 pm-5:00 pm; Tuesday October 6th; presentations 8:30 am-5:00 pm.

Where is it? Hilton College Station & Conference Center, 801 University Drive East, College Station, Texas 77840, (979) 693-7500; http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-college-station-and-conference-center-CLLCHHF/index.html

Guest Room Rates: $149; Deadline to reserve rooms –September 13th

Hotel Group Code: Hort15

How do I register? Online Registration is at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/Horticulture

Cost $80.00/person online before 9/25/14. On-site registration $90.00

Or Combine registration with Texas High Tunnel Conference ($55/person), Wednesday October 7th, for $125/person for both events

For more information? Contact Monte Nesbitt (979) 862-1218, MLNesbitt@tamu.edu

 

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Texas High Tunnel Conference, October 8

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The Texas High Tunnel Conference (October 8th ) and the Texas Fruit Conference (October 6th & 7th) will both be held this year at the Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center in College Station.  The Hilton Garden Inn location allows us to continue to grow the number exhibitors and attendees.  Thanks to all those who supported the conferences last year; we had overwhelming positive comments from our attendees.

Pesticide CEU’s will be offered at both programs.

The two-day 3rd Annual Texas Fruit Conference will provide timely topics and practical fruit growing and marketing information for new and experienced fruit growers, covering a diverse slate of topics and orchard crops!  The one-day Texas High Tunnel Conference will explore growing strawberries and other high value horticultural crops in season-extending technology. Growers considering new/alternative crops and marketing seasons will be exposed to the opportunities and challenges that high tunnels can offer.

Our online registration site is operational and you can sign up for one or both conferences at: http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/.

Click Here for information regarding costs of conference registration, hotel reservations, and presentation schedules for both conferences:

Texas High Tunnel Conference 2014 Agenda

2014 Texas Fruit Conference Program

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2014 Texas Fruit Conference Program, October 6-7

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Make plans to attend the 3rd annual Texas Fruit Conference, October 6th & 7th, Hilton Garden Inn, College Station, Texas

What is it? The Texas Fruit Conference is an educational program by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, aimed at bringing together commercial and recreational fruit growers from around the state to hear and discuss the challenges and successes of fruit growing in Texas.

This program offers valuable information updates to seasoned fruit growers while providing persons with no experiences in orchard management a place to learn how to get started.

This 3rd Fall Fruit Conference in Aggieland features exciting topics:-

¨ New grower session, Monday afternoon—site prep., soil diseases, water quality, bare-root nursery stock, peach varieties, & marketing  considerations

¨ Networking reception, Monday evening, Hilton Garden Inn

¨ General session—olives, pears, citrus, blackberries, pomegranates, cotton root rot management, muscadines

¨ Pomegranate fruit variety tasting! Sample some of the newest pomegranate varieties in Texas trials.

Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. Arlie Powell, Retired Auburn University Extension Specialist and fruit grower with Petals from the Past Nursery, Jemison, Alabama—will discuss alternative blackberry training and locally grown fruit
  • Dr. George Ray McEachern will discuss history & potential of pear production in Texas
  • Dr. David Byrne—peach varieties for Texas
  • Gary Marburger, Marburger Farms-Fredericksburg—Experiences in fruit growing and marketing
  • Larry Don Womack—How to be successful with bare-root nursery stock

AgriLife Extension Speakers: Larry Stein, Jim Kamas, Monte Nesbitt, David Appel, Sheila McBride, Erfan Vafaie, Justin Scheiner, Marco Palma

Click Here to view the full program: 2014 Texas Fruit Conference Program

When is it? Registration begins 12 Noon, Monday, October 6th, presentations 1:00 pm-5:00 pm; Tuesday October 7th; presentations 8:30 am-5:00 pm.

Where is it? Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center; 3081 University Dr E, Bryan, TX 77802; Phone:(979) 703-7919; http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-garden-inn-college-station-CLLGIGI/index.html

Guest Room Rates: $129; Deadline to reserve rooms –September 8th

Alternate Hotel: Ramada Inn, College Station, 506 Earl Rudder Freeway South, College Station, TX 77840 (Hwy 6 & University behind Olive Garden & Home Depot on the feeder road); Reservation by phone only (979)-846-0300. The group name is: “Fruit Conference”

How do I register? Online Registration is at http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/

Cost $80.00/person online before 9/25/14. On-site registration $90.00

Or Combine registration with Texas High Tunnel Conference ($55/person), Wednesday October 8th, for $125/person for both events

 

For more information? Contact Monte Nesbitt (979) 862-1218, MLNesbitt@tamu.edu

 

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2013 Texas Fruit Conference Agenda Posted

As a follow up to last week’s post, I wanted to add the finalized agenda to the two events that are scheduled for the end of September, first two days of October.  Please feel free to contact Monte, Larry or me if you have any questions about our the fruit conference or Russ Wallace if you need more information on the High Tunnel ConferenceTex Fruit Conf 2013_Page_1

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2nd Annual Texas Fruit Conference

Make Plans to Attend the Second Annual Texas Fruit Conference! And Texas High Tunnel Conference!

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Two great educational events for fresh fruit producers and enthusiasts in Texas!

Dates are set as follows

Texas Fruit Conference; Monday September 30th & Tuesday, October 1st:  As we did with our first meeting in 2012, we are developing a 1 & ½ day educational program that will provide timely topics and practical fruit growing and marketing information for new and experienced fruit growers, covering a diverse slate of topics and orchard crops!

Conference Conveners: Monte Nesbitt, Larry Stein & Jim Kamas, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

 

Texas High Tunnel Conference; Wednesday, October 2nd; This one day program will explore growing strawberries and other high value horticultural crops in season-extending high tunnels. Growers considering new/alternative crops and marketing seasons will be exposed to the opportunities and challenges that high tunnels offer.

Conference Convener: Russ Wallace, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

 

Both  Events To Be Held at the Best Western Old Town Center Hotel, Bryan, Texas.

Website:  http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/TX/Bryan-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-PREMIER-Old-Town-Center/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=44623

Conference Room Rate for this event is $93.00/ night.

 

On-site/In-Person Registration set at $90 for Texas Fruit Conference ($80 online) & $55 for High Tunnel Conference.

Special Combo Online Registration for both events (2.5 days): $125.00

(additional discounts for AgriLife Agents)

Registration—Online Registration will open in mid July at http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu

Join Us in October!!

 

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Fruit Growing in Egypt

I have been remiss in not posting more often, but its been a whirlwind trip here with much to see and do.  The fruit growers here are amazing and what is perhaps most remarkable is the number and kinds of crops growing side by side.    Here is what I have been seeing on a daily basis. Seen a number of first class fruit nurseries growing peach, pear, pomegranate, all kinds of citrus, mango, you name it.

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And here are just a few more fields.

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Many different kinds of table grapes,  mostly grown for exportIMAG0656

In some places the groundwater has been pumped so extensively that the salinity has increased to the point where peaches and grapes can no longer be grown.  In this farm, such former crops have been replaced by 400 fadan (4200 sq. meters or 1.038 acres) of pomegranates.  The grower plans to increase the planting to 1000 fadan withing the next couple of years.

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Same farm, here Citrus is interplanted with Date Palm

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And in many places, banana is a good rotational crop, one year to establish, harvest two years, then back to long term perennial crops

 

 

 

 

 

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