Good Fruit Grower

February 2013

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GOOD TO GO For a complete listing of upcoming FEBRUARY events, check February 1–6 North American Farmers' Direct the Calendar at Marketing Association Annual Convention, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Portland, Oregon. For information, go to February 5–7 Southwest Michigan Hort Days, Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, Michigan. For information, call (269) 944-1477. February 5–8 Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting and Trade Show, Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, Washington. For information, go to February 7 Okanogan Horticultural Day, covering apple, pear, and cherry horticulture and pest management, Okanogan County Agriplex (county fairgrounds), Okanogan, Washington. Pesticide certification credits are available. Contact WSU Chelan County Extension, (509) 667-6540. February 7–9 Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Saint Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, Missouri. For information, contact Rozanna Benz, (573) 236-4629, e-mail rbenz@, or visit www.midwestgrapeandwine February 12–14 World Ag Expo, Tulare County Fairgrounds, Tulare, California. For information, go to February 19 2013 Northwest Pear Research Review, Hood River Best Western, Hood River, Oregon. Contact Kathy Coffey, (509) 665-8271, Ext. 2, or go online to February 19–20 IPM Academy, Okemos Conference Center, Okemos, Michigan. For information, visit IPMAcademy2013, or contact Erin Lizotte at (231) 944-6504 or e-mail February 20–21 Washington Farm Labor Association Workforce Summit, Yakima Holiday Inn, and Annual Labor Conference, Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, Washington. Separate registration is required. To learn more, go to February 21–23 Minnesota Grape Growers Association Cold Climate Grape and Wine Conference, Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront, St. Paul, Minnesota. For information, go online to February 23 Women in Agriculture Conference, several locations throughout the state. To be updated about conference details by e-mail, contact Donna Rolen at donna.rolen@, or for more information, contact Margaret Viebrock, (509) 7458534, e-mail, or go online to February 23–28 International Fruit Tree Association Annual Conference, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts. For information, go to Precision apple management summit T he Cornell University team of tree fruit educators is organizing an "eastern apple precision orchard management summit," scheduled for March 14-15 in Geneva, New York. They hope to attract apple growers, researchers, and extension leaders from Michigan, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Vermont, Virginia, and other eastern production areas The eastern apple industry is challenged by changing weather patterns, increased national and international competition, higher production costs, and labor shortages, the organizers say. Growers need to respond with rigorous orchard management practices if they are to remain profitable. "The summit will serve as a vehicle for fruit industry leaders to hear presentations on apple orchard design and precision orchard management technologies and then discuss where the greatest opportunities lie for research and implementation on farms in the East to increase orchard income and grower profitability," Mario Miranda Sazo, one of the organizers, said. Details and registration information are available at the Web site www.fruit For additional information, call Gemma Osborne at (315) 787-2248 or e-mail PLAN AND SAVE Grapevines take a year to grow. If you order in advance, you get the highest-grade product and we know exactly how much to deliver. Removing guesswork reduces waste. And we pass that savings on to you. Preorder dormant vines for 2014 by MARCH 14th and you'll SAVE 10%! Inquire about 2013 dormant and green-potted vine availability. 32508 West Kelly Road | Benton City, WA 99320 (509) 588-6615 | GOOD FRUIT GROWER FEBRUARY 1, 2013 7

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