PEACH, SMALL FRUIT SEMINARS AND HORTICULTURE TOUR SET
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A host of experts, including the developer of the well-known "Flamin' Fury" peach varieties, will address upcoming seminars for small fruit and peach growers in Cullman and Clanton, and the Alabama Farmers Federation has announced dates for its 2007 Horticulture Tour.
Brian Hardin, director of the Federation's Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod and Horticulture divisions, has announced the 2007 Horticulture Tour to North Carolina has been set for Sept. 9-14.
"Mark your calendar for this trip that will offer the most variety of any horticulture tour in recent years," said Hardin. "North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation will host the tour that will focus on the Charlotte and Asheville areas. Producers of any horticultural crops are encouraged to attend. Details and registration information will be provided through the County Farmers Federations and communication outlets of the Alabama Farmers Federation when they are confirmed."
Barbara Smith of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service, will discuss blackberry diseases on Friday, Jan. 26, as Regional Extension Agent Dan Porch hosts the Northeast Alabama Regional Small Fruit Meeting from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Cullman County Extension Office.
Other speakers include Robert Boozer, an Extension research horticulturist from Auburn University, who will provide an update on blueberry production, and Fudd Graham of Auburn University's Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology will address pesticide safety.
For more information or directions to the Extension Office Building, call (256) 737-9386.
Peach growers will hear from Paul Friday about his "Flamin' Fury" varieties, production and marketing at the Chilton Area Peach Production Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Alabama Power Conference Center in Clanton.
Other topics include: "Interaction of Summer Pruning and Nitrogen Fertilization on Peach Performance," by Dr. Bob Ebel, an associate professor in Auburn University's Department of Horticulture; "Overview of Fruit Research Program," by Dr. Elina Coneva, Extension fruit specialist, and assistant professor in AU's Department of Horticulture; "CREC Peach Variety Update," by Jim Pitts of the Chilton Area Research Center; and an update on insect pest management and research highlights of 2006 by Extension Research Horticulturist Bobby Boozer.
Dinner will be served and reservations are requested by registering with the Chilton County Extension office at (205) 280-6268.
For more information, contact Extension Agent Gary D. Gray at (334)539-2128 or by email at