CHILTON AREA FRUIT PRODUCTION TOUR SET
JEMISON, Ala. -- Fruit producers from throughout central Alabama are invited to visit farms, vineyards and orchards throughout Chilton County on Thursday, April 26, as part of the Chilton Area Fruit Production Tour.
Sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, the Chilton Research and Extension Center, and Tuskegee University, the tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration at Petals From The Past plant nursery in Jemison. Growers will have a look at trellised blackberry production, and hear Dr. Arlie Powell of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System describe his system, as well as trellised apple production.
In addition, Powell will join Extension agents Chip East and Gary Gray in discussing blueberry, fig and muscadine production, and look at other crops, including oriental persimmons, Asian pears and high-tunnel satsuma production.
The tour will then travel four miles to the Chilton Research and Extension Center to see peach, nectarine and plum production practices like fruit thinning, as well as kiwifruit production and other aspects of fruit production research with Bobby Boozer and Jim Pitts. Lunch, sponsored by the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and Mid-State Farmers Co-op, will be served at the Extension Center.
The last stop on the tour will be Henry Williams' strawberry field for a look at plasticulture strawberry production. The tour should conclude around 3 p.m.
Anyone interested in attending should contact the Chilton County Extension Office at (205) 280-6268 to reserve a meal. For more information about the tour, contact Gray at (334) 539-2128 or email email@example.com.