Good Fruit Grower

February 15

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FEBRUARY February 18-19 Northwest Pear Research Review, Red Lion Yakima Center, Yakima, Washington. For information, contact Kathy Coffey at (509) 665-8271, ext. 2, or e-mail kathy@ February 20–22 Minnesota Grape Growers Association Cold Climate Grape and Wine Conference, Crowne Plaza St. Paul Riverfront, St. Paul, Minnesota. For information, go to February 22 Grape Expectations, a Viticultural and Enological Symposium, Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Township, New Jersey. Contact Dr. Gary Pavlis, (609) 625-0056 or e-mail February 22—March 1 International Fruit Tree Association annual conference, intensive workshop, and field tours, Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. For information, go to MARCH March 4 Ohio Commercial Berry Production School, WSU South Centers, Piketon, Ohio. Contact Charissa McGlothin, (740) 289-2071, ext. 132, or e-mail mcglothin.4@ March 9–11 California Small Farm Conference, DoubleTree Sonoma Wine Country, Rohnert Park, California. For information, visit March 15 Women in Agriculture Conference, held simultaneously in multiple locations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Contact Donna Rolen, (509) 745-8531, e-mail, or visit the Web site March 18-19 Cider Apples: The Future is Now! Workshop, Big Bend Community College, Moses Lake, Washington. Contact Karen Mauden at Northwest Agriculture Business Center, (425) 466-8722 or e-mail Register online at March 20 Columbia Gorge Invasive Species and Exotic Pest Workshop, Rock Creek Hegewald Center Auditorium, Stevenson, Washington. Contact Emily Stevenson, (509) 427- 3941; e-mail, or check the Web site GOOD FRUIT GROWER FEBRUARY 15, 2014 31 Coral Champagne. breaking out This year we're Benton ™ t#JOHt#MBDL5BSUt#MBDL1FBSM ® Brooks ™ t#VSHVOEZ1FBSM ® t$IFMBO ™ $PSBM$IBNQBHOFt$SJTUBMJOB ™ &CPOZ1FBSM ® t-BQJOTt3BEJBODF1FBSM ® 3BJOJFSt4FMBI ™ t4LFFOB ™ t4XFFUIFBSU ™ Tulare ™ t7BOT 10500 Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, CA 94513 800.634.1671 or 925.634.2191 (Alison Clegg or Richard Chavez) 877.457.6901 (Henry Sanguinetti) Fax 925.634.6040 For more information about Coral Champagne or our other cherry varieties visit us at XXXQSPUSFFOVSTFSZDPNDIFSSJFTIUN Available on Colt, Gisela ® , Krymsk ® , Mahaleb, PS.B[[BSE *Not all varieties are available on all rootstocks. Call for specific grafting information. If you are looking to celebrate this year with one of the sweet varieties that is on the rise, we've got Coral Champagne cherry trees now for 2014 planting. This variety has a flavorful, deep red-wine fruit, and UC Davis reports that it is 9-10 days earlier than Bing. The flesh is firm but juicy and has a pretty coral pink color. In addition to Coral Champagne, which is available immediately, ProTree Nursery, LLC also has a wide assortment of cherry varieties and rootstocks to choose from for shipment in 2015. Call us today to place your order for delivery from the following tree varieties: Coral Champagne the Champagne. Hard cider made easy A n upcoming workshop for would-be cider apple growers will provide an overview of the hard cider business, from variety selection and orchard manage- ment, to the market. The Northwest Agricultural Business Center will pres- ent the full-day workshop on March 18 at Big Bend Com- munity College in Moses Lake, Washington. In 2013, U.S. hard cider sales doubled to more than $128 million, according to the NABC. A shortage of apples and pears for hard cider and perry production could present opportunities for tree fruit growers in Washing- ton State to diversify, says Karen Mauden, the center's account manager. At the workshop, Gary Moulton, former research asso- ciate with Washington State University in Mount Vernon, will cover nutrient management, pest management, irri- gation, orchard layout, planting, and pruning. Marcus Robert, cidermaker at Tieton Cider Works near Yakima, Washington, will talk about variety and rootstock selection, how to establish and maintain an orchard, and mechanical harvesting. Nick Ibuki from the Okanagan Plant Improvement Company in British Columbia, Canada, and Paul Tvergyak from Cameron Nursery, Eltopia, Washington, will provide the nursery perspective. Cider production, economics, risk management, and marketing will also be discussed, and partici- pants will be able to taste ciders. For more information, check the Web site or call Mauden at (425) 466-8722. GOOD TO GO For a complete listing of upcoming events, check the Calendar at www.

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