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Minn. cold-hardy kiwifruit field day tour scheduled

A field tour on Saturday, Aug. 29 will feature two new orchards of cold hardy kiwifruit highlighting a project sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program and the University of Minnesota.

The tour will feature two types of orchard trellising systems specifically designed for this new crop.

One system at the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center near Victoria features a pergola system that maintains an overhead fruiting canopy.

A second site near Chanhassen features a terraced hillside planting established in 2008 with a T-bar training system.

Attendees will be able to see and discuss how a kiwifruit orchard is established with Eric Theship-Rosales, Dr. Jim Luby from the University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science, and Dr. Bob Guthrie, curator of the kiwifruit collection at the Horticultural Research Center and one of the nation's leading experts on this fruit.

The field day tour begins at 1 p.m. on Aug. 29. Meet at the Apple House at the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center on the corner of Minnesota State Highway 5 and Rolling Acres Road (County Road 13) approximately two miles east of Victoria and one mile west of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.