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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

Just as the historic Chautauqua’s of the turn-of-the century shared and discussed new ideas, we will share the latest information from Extension on caring for and pruning peach trees. Homeowners with one tree or 20 will benefit from this discussion and the hands-on pruning demonstrations will give them the knowledge and confidence to prune their own trees. The program runs from 10 to 3 pm on Monday, February 16 at the Williamson County Extension office located at 3151 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown.

The speakers include Jim Kama and Michael Harper. They will cover disease, fertilizing, varieties and pruning.

Kamas is an assistant professor and Extension horticulturist for pomology and viticulture withTexas A&M Agrilife Extension Service. He received his B.S. in horticulture from Texas A&M in 1977 and his M.S. in horticulture from Texas A&M working on perennial food crops. He has served as a research associate and instructor in the A&M Hort. department, was a commercial peach grower for ten years and was the extension team leader of the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program for Cornell University from 1988 to 1996. In 1996, Jim returned to Texas to serve as an extension specialist in Fredericksburg.

Kamas serves as a farm advisor to fruit growers across the state with an emphasis in the Texas Hill Country. He has and continues to conduct applied research to address the needs of commercial and home fruit producers. His current activities include an aggressive program to evaluate Pierce’s disease resistant varieties and rootstocks, work on chemical and cultural control of cotton root rot and the evaluation of fruit varieties in sustainable orchard settings.

Michael Harper is a five year member of Williamson County Master Gardeners and owns six acres of pecan and peach trees in Williamson County. He retired after 30 years in U.S. Navy and 18 years with the State of Texas. Now he occupies his time working in the demonstration vegetable garden plus taking care of his 40 pecan trees, 35 peach trees, apricots, persimmons, juju b’s and a huge fig tree. He has attended the Pecan Short Course at Texas A & M, a Vegetable Specialist Class at the Experimental Station at McAllen, and several Fruit and Nut tree courses.

The $20 registration includes, the program, handouts and lunch. For more information or to register call 512.943.3300. On-line registration is available at: Deadline for registration is 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 12.



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