Mechanized peach blossom thinner to be demonstrated

The University of California Cooperative Extensions in Stanislaus and Merced counties are hosting a field day for peach growers Friday, March 4 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Chuck Voss' orchard on Gilbert Road, south of Hatch Road in Ceres.

There will be a mechanized blossom-thinner demonstration, including a discussion of results of two years of local field trials, and a demonstration of the string blossom thinner in "vase"-shaped peach trees. Attendees can sign up to try the machine in their orchard.

For more information, call (209) 525-6800 or (209) 385-7403.

-- Carol Reiter