[NAFEX] Midwest Apple Improvement Ass'n Annual Meeting, Eckert's Orchard Belleville, IL

Ed Fackler ed.fackler at gmail.com
Fri Sep 8 07:50:19 EDT 2006


*Midwest Apple Improvement Association*

*Making Good Apples Great!*

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*2006 Annual Meeting*
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*Date* – *Wednesday, October 4, 2006*


*Location** – Morning Program
             Local Motel*

                   St. Clair County Farm Bureau
              Sleep Inn

                   1478 East State Rd. 15
             140 Venita Drive

                   Belleville, IL 62220
                                         O'Fallon, IL 62269

*Location **– Afternoon Session                                           *
                        Ph. 618-628-8200*
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                  Eckert's Orchard
                                                                      Located
at exit 14, off I-64

                  951 S. Green Mount Road

                  Belleville, IL  62220

                  Ph. 618-233-0513



*Registration* - $10.00 per person (which includes lunch), payable at the
door.

*Agenda*

     7:30 am – 8:15 am – *Registration (coffee/pastries)*



     8:15 am – 8:30 am – *Opening Remarks*

                                       President Jim Eckert, Eckert Orchard



     8:30 am – 9:15 am – *New Apples, New Opportunities, New Profits*

                                       Peter Hirst, Purdue University



     9:15 am – 10:00 am *– Wild Apples of the Kyrgyz Republic: Are Hidden
Gems among Them?*

                                          Diane Miller, Ohio State
University



     10:00 am – 10:15 am – Break



     10:15 am – 11:00 am – *Club Varieties are Here, So What?*

                                           Wally Heuser, Wanda Heuser,
Summit Sales



     11:00 am – 11:30 am – *MAIA in Transition*

                                           Mitch Lynd, Lynd Fruit Farm



     11:30 am – 12:15 pm – *Evaluating and Selecting New Apple Introductions
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                                           Chris Doll, University of
Illinois (retired)



     12:15 pm – 12:45 pm – Lunch (catered)



     12:45 pm – 1:00 pm – *drive to Eckert's MAIA Apple Seedling Blocks*



     1:00 pm – 3:30 pm –   *Evaluate Fruit of New Apple Progeny*

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     We'll walk and sample fruit from GoldRush x CQR10T17 progeny planted in
2000 and GoldRush x Sweet 16 progeny planted in 2001.  Both contain
seedlings of *"off the chart"* fruit qualities and many more trees are
fruiting for the first time this year.

     At least a few MAIA members got very excited by apples from a couple
trees from these plantings during last year's Indianapolis MAIA meeting.  I
even heard Jules Janick make a "non-biased" assessment of one when he simply
stated "this is great!"

     I *highly encourage your attendance* as we'll see years of diligent
work.  Also feel free to bring fellow growers to see one of the finest
retail orchard operations in the US.









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