Brushy Mountain Tree Fruit Meeting – February 9, 2022

— Written By Eli Snyder
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The annual Brushy Mountain / Northwest Tree Fruit Meeting will be held February 9, 2022 at the N.C. Cooperative Extension – Wilkes County Center.

Orchardists from North Carolina and surrounding states are encouraged to attend.

This year’s program will feature research updates from N.C. State Extension Specialists and Agents, as well as a grower panel on labor. There will be exhibitors and sponsors present at the meeting, as well as a meal.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Prior registration is required to obtain an accurate headcount for the meal. Please register ASAP, or by February 4, 2022. Register on the Eventbrite Page or by calling the N.C. Cooperative Extension – Wilkes County Center at 336-651-7333 or 336-651-7335.

Note that this meeting is suitable only for commercial growers and those who work with the commercial orchard industry. This will not address homeowner/bakcyard fruit production. 

Two pesticide recertification credits (N,O,D,X) will be offered for licensed NC Pesticide Applicators.

Tentative Agenda

9 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:05 – New Food Safety Regulations and Proposed Rules – Elena Rogers, Area Specialized Agent, Fresh Produce Safety, N.C. State Extension

9:35 – Going Back to Basics: Disease Management Considerations after a Relatively Management-less Year – Dr. Sara Villani – Extension Specialist, Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology, N.C. State

10:05 – Life after Lorsban; and who has stink bug problems? – Dr. Jim Walgenbach – Extension Specialist, Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology, N.C. State

10:35 – New PGRs to Manage Crop Load – Dr. Tom Kon – Southeasthern Apple Research Specialist, Department of Horticultural Science, N.C. State

11:00 -Tools to predict fruit set following a chemical thinner application- Jimmy Larsen, Ph. D. Candidate, N.C. State

11:30 – Economic Outlook for Apples- Dr. Daniel Tregeagle, Extension Specialist, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resource Economics, N.C. State

12 – 1 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. – Adding Niche Tree Crops to Diversify- Craig Mauney, Area Specialized Agent, Fruit and Vegetable Crops, N.C. State Extension

1:30- 2:30 p.m.  Labor Issues in Local Production – Grower Panel

Location: N.C. Cooperative Extension- Wilkes County Center / Wilkes Agricultural Center, 416 Executive Drive, Wilkesboro, NC, 28697

Many thanks to our generous sponsors for supporting this meeting!

This meeting is co-hosted by N.C. Cooperative Extension, Wilkes County and Alexander County Centers. Contact Eli Snyder, Horticulture Extension Agent in Wilkes County ( or Cari Mitchell, Horticulture Extension Agent in Alexander County ( with any questions.