USDA-ARS and Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will hold a field day in the pecan orchard of Sonny and Noreen Gebert, June 20, 2008 at Lamkin, TX. Dr. Joe Bradford, of USDA-ARS in Weslaco, Texas, has been conducting research on organic pecan production at this orchard since 2002. The day will include Dr. Bradford’s discussion of the results of ARS research at the orchard during the last six years. Howard Garrett will get us kicked off with the opening address. K. Chandler of Texas Plant and Soil Lab will talk about soils at the site, soil test results, and how to plan a soil fertility program. Steve Diver of Sustainable Growth Texas and Dr. Larry Zibilske, ARS Weslaco scientist, will discuss microbiology in the orchard, compost and compost teas. Bruce Deuley of Organic Matters will talk about crops and soil health. Liz Braun de Torres’ will discuss her research project, Bats in a Pecan Ecosystem. Leslie McKinnon of TDA will introduce the process of organic certification. HEB representatives and others will address marketing pecans. In addition, there will be exhibitors providing information on organic product resources.
Those interested in organic methods of pecan production and increasing marketing opportunities through organic certification should plan to attend. Cost is $35.00 with lunch and the chance to tour the orchard included in the day’s events. RSVP is requested for meal planning purposes. For more information go to www.tofga.org, email email@example.com or call TOFGA president Jackie King, 903-793-5139 or Jimma Byrd 325-372-3107.