In response to requests for more information about my talks at the 2015 Winter Fruit Schools, I have linked condensed versions of my presentations to this blog post.
In addition, more information about hard cider can be found at:
More information about tall spindle orchards can be found at:
Gregory Michael Peck, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Horticulture • Virginia Tech
Alson H. Smith, Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center
595 Laurel Grove Road • Winchester, VA 22602 • USA
The 2015 Winter Fruit School dates, times, and locations have been set. These in-depth meetings focus on commercial tree-fruit production. The schedule will be similar to the 2014 schedule, with the Carroll-Patrick meeting occurring on Tuesday morning and the Central Virginia meeting occurring on Wednesday evening. The full list of locations is below, as well as the local contact for each meeting. NOTE: There is a new location for the Carroll-Patrick Fruit School meeting this year.
Presentations by will include the following topics: brown marmorated stink bug update, tall spindle systems, hard cider resources, neonicotinoid impacts on pollinators, spotted winged drosophila and spotted lanternfly updates, and summer disease management updates with a focus on Glomerella leaf spot. Additional programing is still being developed at each location and more details are forthcoming. Pesticide recertification credits are usually available, check with the local contact for more information.
The Central Virginia Fruit School has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 11 at the Nelson Center in Lovingston. Registration will start at 8:30AM. Specialists will be covering the same topics listed in the original program. Contact Michael LaChance for more details or questions.
The Rappahannock-Madison Winter Fruit School has been rescheduled for March 6 at Grave’s Mountain Lodge. The start time is 8:15AM and agenda will remain the same. Contact Kenner Love (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or for more details.
A rescheduled date for the Central Virginia Fruit School is still being determined.
Due to the continued winter weather, we have decided to delay the start of the Winchester Fruit School.
9:30am – Registration
10:00am – Presentations begin
Location remains the Lee Jackson (Best Western) Conference Center, 711 Millwood Avenue, Winchester, VA. 22601
Please pass on this information to others that were registered with you.Mark Sutphin
Associate Extension Agent | Agriculture and Natural Resources, Horticulture | Unit Coordinator (Frederick)
Virginia Cooperative Extension – Frederick County Office | 107 North Kent Street | Winchester, VA 22601
Phone – 540.665.5699 | Fax – 540.722.8380 | Cell – 540.398.8148 | Email – email@example.com |http://offices.ext.vt.edu/frederick/
Serving the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Page, Shenandoah, & Warren
VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY
Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments.
From Mark Sutphin:
Despite the expected weather, we are planning to continue with the Winchester Regional Tree Fruit Production School as scheduled for Friday, February 14th at the Best Western Lee/Jackson banquet hall. All that said, please use your own best judgement and do not put yourself at risk if you feel you are not able to attend.
Should our plans for the event in Winchester on Friday change, I will email those who have registered for which I have electronic contacts and attempt to call all others who are pre-registered.
If you have any questions, you may reach me on my cell: 540.398.8148
Thanks and be safe.