MEETINGS

MEETINGS OF THE MISSOURI NUT GROWERS ASSOCIATION

This years MNGA Fall Pre-harvest Meeting will be hosted by Kevin McGraw on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 at 100 Summer House Lane, St. Charles, MO. We will open for conversation and coffee at 9:00 a.m. The McGraws have 250 producing pecan trees on 8 acres and varieties include Pawnee, Kanza, Lokota,Yates, Meramac, Peruque, Posey, and Lipan. Kevin shakes the trees to drop the pecans, harvests them with a Bag-a –Nut, cleans them with a Savage cleaner, and then sends them to Dan Shepherd for final processing. In addition to touring the orchard we will also see his equipment including the bag-a-nut for harvesting, the Savage cleaner, a sprayer, and a freezer for long term storage. 
The planned agenda is as follows:
  • 9:00 Coffee and conversation
  • 9:30 Welcome and introductions
  • 10:00 Orchard Tour
  • 11:00 Equipment Tour
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:00 Marketing Your Crop
  • 1:30 Updates
Lunch will be available at the farm for $10. Please RSVP to Sara Jean Peters (417-275-4422) by Sept 25th so we can complete the food arrangements. As an added incentive, those who RSVP will be entered into the drawing for a free lunch. Please bring lawn chairs as seating opportunities are limited.

Directions to the McGraw farm: 

If coming from the west on I-70: From I-70 turn south on I-64. Travel I-64 to hwy 364 east. Travel east on hwy 364 to Pitman Hill road. Exit right on Pitman Hill Road. Travel 2 miles on Pitman Hill Road to Windcastle Drive. Turn left onto Windcastle Drive. The McGraw driveway is the first one on the West side.

If coming from the east on I-70: From I-70 turn south onto Mid River Mall Drive and travel for about 8 miles. Mid River Mall Drive turns into Pitman Mill Road when it crosses hwy 364. Continue on Pitman Hill Road to Windcastle Drive. Turn left onto Windcastle Drive. The McGraw driveway is the first on the West side.

Kevin asks that everyone park on the north side of Windcastle Drive. 
Lunch will be available at the farm for $8. Please RSVP to Sara Jean Peters (417-275-4422) or Vern Spaunhorst (636-239-7479) by May 3rd so our host can complete the food arrangements. As an added incentive, those who RSVP by May 3rd will be entered into the drawing for a free lunch. Please bring lawn chairs as seating is limited.

Don’t forget to bring your cooler and cold packs, plastic bags, and marking pens if you plan to participate in the scionwood exchange.  
 
Directions to the Marsh Property: From US Hwy 60/State Hwy VV (Mill Street) interchange in Rogersville go South. At 3.2 miles on VV, turn left on State Hwy U. At 1.9 miles on U, turn right on Spring Hill Road. At 2.0 miles on Spring Hill Road, turn left on Patterson Rd. Destination is 718 Patterson Rd on left at 0.5 miles. 

 Did you miss a turn?  Call 417-753-7184.
Other Meetings of Interest
August 13-16, 2017. Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Meeting. Tifton, GA. Details and meeting agenda now posted on the NNGA website: http://www.nutgrowing.org/index.html
 
September 14, 2017. Fall Field Day. Forrest Keeling Nursery, 88 Forrest Keeling Lane, Elsberry, MO. For more information call 800-356-2401 or visit: https://www.fknursery.com/FallFieldDay
 
September 22, 2017. Fall Pecan Day. Knight Creek Farms, near Sapulpa, OK. 2:00 p.m. Details posted on the “Events” page of the Oklahoma Pecan Growers website: http://www.okpecangrowers.com/home

October 14, 2017. Missouri Pesticide Collection Event. 8:00 a.m. to Noon at S & H Farm Supply, Lockwood. Details and other dates and locations at www.mo.gov/env/hwp/pesticide 
 
June, 2018. Oklahoma Pecan Growers Annual Meeting. Watch for details on the “Events” page at their website: http://www.okpecangrowers.com/home
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