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Growers prepare for pecan workshop
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi pecan growers can learn more about production and marketing issues at a June 30 workshop in Raymond.
Registration for the free workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. at Mississippi State University's Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center. The morning educational programs will address worker protection standards, a pecan insect update, calibration of air-blast sprayers and the "Make Mine Mississippi" marketing program.
The workshop is sponsored by MSU's Extension Service, Louisiana State University and the Mississippi Pecan Growers Association. The association will conduct a brief business meeting before the sponsored lunch.
The afternoon program will involve a tour of Smith's Pecans near Raymond for orchard demonstrations on topics such as calibrating air-blast sprayers, fungicide usage and demonstrations on the patch budding grafting technique. Owner Randolph Smith will provide an overview of his orchard for participants.
Activities should conclude by 3:30 p.m. For more information, contact David Ingram at (601) 857-2284 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.