Fruit Tree Selection And Care
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On April 30, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. MDT, USU Forestry Extension hosted the 16th "Learn at Lunch" webinar featuring Marion Murray and Brent Black.
Fruit trees have unique needs that don’t always follow traditional arboriculture practices. Depending on the desired outcomes, fruit trees can be managed for production, size, flowers, structure and health. The initial selection and long-term care of these trees play a critical role in successful establishment and disease resistant quality. In this presentation Brent Black will explain various fruit tree cultivars and root stock as well as how to prune and train fruit trees. Then, Marion Murray will follow up with pest management challenges facing Utah’s fruit trees and offer solutions and tips for getting those insects and diseases under control.
A little about the speakers:
Marion Murray has been the IPM Project Leader at Utah State University Cooperative Extension, Logan, since 2006. She conducts Extension outreach and research in integrated pest management. She distributes pest updates for tree fruits, landscape ornamentals, and vegetables. Prior to coming to USU, Marion worked in public horticulture education and landscape management and has a Master’s in plant pathology.
Brent Black is a professor in the Plants Soils and Climate Department at Utah State University. He is also a statewide Extension Fruit Specialist. Brent works primarily with commercial tree fruit production and berry producers. He has been at USU since 2005, and he was previously a research scientist with the USDA Fruit Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland.