Brushy Mountain Tree Fruit Meeting Scheduled for March 4, 2021

— Written By Eli Snyder
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The annual Brushy Mountain Tree Fruit Meeting will be held virtually this year, via the Zoom platform. The program will take place on March 4, 2021, 9–11:15 a.m.


9 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions

9:05-9:15 a.m. – Food Safety Update, Elena Rogers, Area Specialized Agent- Fresh Produce Safety – NC State Extension

9:15- 9:45 a.m. – Practical Use of Apple Chemical Thinning Models – Dr. Tom Kon, Assistant Professor & Southeastern Apple Research Specialist, NCSU

9:45-10:15 a.m. – Insect Management Update & Using Models for Insect Management in Orchards – Dr. Jim Walgenbach, NC State Tree Fruit Extension Entomologist

10:15-10:45 a.m. – Orchard Disease Management Update & Practical Use of Apple Disease Management Models – Dr. Sara Villani, Extension Specialist, NC State University

10:45- 11:15 a.m. – Orchard Weed Management Update- Wayne Mitchem, NC State Tree Fruit Weed Management Extension Associate

Participants can join the meeting on a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Those using a tablet or smartphone need to download the Zoom app prior to the meeting to be able to join. Downloading Zoom on a laptop or desktop is recommended prior to the meeting, to facilitate accessing the meeting.

A limited number of participants (9) may come to the N.C. Cooperative Extension – Wilkes County Center to attend the meeting. Those who do not have home internet access or strong connection should consider reserving their spot at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Wilkes County Center to participate. Reserve by calling: 336-651-7333.

2 pesticide credits will be offered for categories N,O,D,X. Those who wish to receive credit must have cameras on for the duration of the meeting, and be prepared to enter license information when prompted.

Participants are required to register in advance for the virtual meeting in order to receive a link to join. Register for the Brushy Mountain Tree Fruit Meeting (9–11:15 a.m., via Zoom) on this Eventbrite page.

There will also be a pruning demonstration open to commercial growers and home gardeners that afternoon, March 4, 1–4 p.m. The demonstration will be held at 2 orchards in the Brushy Mountains, Parker’s Orchard on Brushy Mountain Road, and Cherry Hill Apples on Hendren Rd. Directions will be emailed to those who register.

Dr. Mike Parker from NC State University will demonstrate pruning standard and dwarf apple trees, as well as peaches. Held outdoors, face coverings and physical distancing will be required of all participants. Information will be shared with those who register in advance. Register for the Tree Fruit Pruning Demonstration on this Eventbrite page.

This event is free and open to the public. Orchard managers from across North Carolina are encouraged to attend. 

Contact Eli Snyder, Horticulture Extension Agent at N.C. Cooperative Extension – Wilkes County Center with questions about these events.