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KiwiVerticalSFA Gardens to host second Kiwifruit Field Day

Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host its second Kiwifruit Field Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Through research at SFA Gardens in conjunction with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, golden kiwifruit production is gaining momentum as an alternative fruit crop in East Texas.

The field day features kiwifruit experts, including Dr. David Creech, SFA Gardens director; Tim Hartmann, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist; David Anderson, Anderson Food Sales and Marketing owner; and Ross Stevenson, Miko Asia Ltd. kiwifruit grower.

Experts will offer participants the opportunity to learn information about kiwifruit production, including site selection, climatic requirements, orchard management strategies for first-time growers, pest and disease identification and management, and pruning and training systems for maximum yield. Additionally, participants will learn about marketing and marketing trends, as well as opportunities for growing in niche markets.

The presentations will be followed by lunch and then a tasting session with golden and green kiwifruits. Guided tours of the SFA Gardens kiwifruit field trial plots, where guests can see production practices, such as orchard layout, spacing and trellis construction, and onsite demonstration of pest and disease problems, will conclude the day’s events.

Research into the adaptation and feasibility of kiwifruit production in Texas by SFA and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has been made possible by a Specialty Crop Block Grant through the Texas Department of Agriculture. Four pesticide applicator TDA continuing education unit credits are available for the field day.

The registration deadline is Sept. 17. The cost is $25 per person or $40 per couple and includes lunch.


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Contact SFA Gardens at (936) 468-4404 or Dawn Stover, SFA Gardens research associate, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..