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

Dennis Norton dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com
Fri Sep 8 09:10:54 EDT 2006

I would love to attend this meeting, but it is scheduled during our busiest 
week of the entire apple season!

Dennis Norton
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ed Fackler
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  Subject: [NAFEX] Midwest Apple Improvement Ass'n Annual Meeting,Eckert's 
Orchard Belleville, IL

  Midwest Apple Improvement Association

  Making Good Apples Great!

  2006 Annual Meeting

  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

                    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 


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

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

                                          President Jim Eckert, Eckert 

       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 

       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 

                                              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

       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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