Ines Hanrahan and Marcella Galeni of the WA Tree Fruit Research Commission (WTFRC) recently published an article in "Fruit Matters" highlighting the development of a starch scale for WA38 production. Below are links to the story and to download the guide for use.
The WA Tree Fruit Research Commission recently was recognized as a finalist for "Non-Profit of the Year" by the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the Chamber holds a large banquet and highlights the finalizst for the Business of the Year, Non-Profit, and Cornerstone Award. Once notified of its finalist status, Voortex Productions visited the Commission and put together a brief video showcasing the COmmission's staff and its mission.
You can view this video by clicking on the YouTube link below.
Pear IPM Discussion: Biological Control Releases
June 6, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Join growers, consultants, and scientists in a discussion about releasing natural enemies for biological control of orchard pests. This event will have a particular emphasis on research priorities and implementation of biological control releases to manage pear psylla. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris (USDA Wapato) and Louie Nottingham (WSU) will speak about a new project and we hope to hear from consultants and growers on their priorities and ideas for both research and application.
Location: Mission Creek Community Club
Direction: Mission Creek Community Club is located at 4724 Mission Creek Road, Cashmere WA 98815. From US-2/97 drive south on Aplets Way. Continue onto Pioneer Avenue and turn left on Mission Creek Road. Turn right at Binder Road and then make an immediate left turn on Mission Creek Road. Continue to address.
Tianna Dupont, 509-713-5346 or tianna.dupont@@wsu.edu
Cherry Preharvest Tour – The Dalles, OR
June 6, 7:45am - 1:00pm
This is the first of four separate field day events to showcase cherry preharvest activities.
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WSU Cherry Field Day - June 10th, 8:00am - 1:00pm
WSU Extension Preharvest Cherry Field Day – Royal Slope, WA
June 13, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
An evening with Dain – Organic cherry production from bud to bucket.
Tour will focus on organic cherry production in blocks ranging from 3 to 24 years old. 10 X 18 freestanding Bing on Mazzard, 8 X 16 freestanding Lapins on Mazzard, 8 X 16 grafted freestanding Skeena on Mazzard, and V trellis 6 X 15 Skeena on Krymsk 6.
WSU Extension Specialist Tianna DuPont will discuss little cherry and western X virus symptoms, screening and eradication.
Host: Dain Craver
Location: Palo Alto Orchard
Join us for Carne Asada BBQ and beverages after the tour.
WSU Extension Preharvest Cherry Field Day - Oroville, WA
Join us for a pre-harvest cherry field visit. At this site, we will see Black Pearl planted in 2009 a few days before harvest. We will also discuss Little Cherry Disease detection and management and Powdery Mildew Management. Dr. Gary Grove, WSU will demonstrate good spray coverage impacts on powdery mildew management and discuss the results of recent trials on fungicide resistance. For more information contact Tianna DuPont, WSU Extension (509) 293-8758.
Developing Environmental Monitoring Programs for the Fresh Produce Industry
Please visit our website to register online: http://foodsafety.wsu.edu/environmental-monitoring-workshop/
Managing risk is paramount for fresh produce packers. This 2.5 day course will seek to provide pertinent information for the control and elimination of foodborne pathogens within the packinghouse. Come learn from experts in the field about foodborne pathogens of interest for environmental monitoring programs, principles behind hygienic management of packinghouses, hygienic design of equipment, and steps involved with developing, implementing and responding to an environmental monitoring program within your facility. We have filled this course with opportunities for hands-on experiences to aid in your learning.
Who should attend?
Individuals who are working or managing fresh fruit and vegetable packers, especially those with food safety, quality assurance or compliance roles.
Dates and Location
June 24-26, 2019
Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center
24106 N. Bunn Rd
Prosser, WA 99350
Total cost is $100. Funding from the WSDA (Grant #5U18005913-03) greatly reduced the cost of training. Includes materials, certificate, lunches and refreshments.
For questions related to registering for the course, please contact:
Cathy Blood, Events Coordinator
For any other questions, please contact:
Faith Critzer, Produce Safety Extension Specialist
Since 2011, the WTFRC has conducted studies in apple and cherry to generate pesticide residue data for commonly used insecticides and fungicides to help Washington growers make more informed choices about their spray programs. The WTFRC Internal Program recently completed its 2018 study in apple which included 7 insecticides/acaricides, 4 fungicides, and one plant growth regulator, as well as considering the effects of spraying concentrate (100 gal water/acre) vs. dilute (200 gal water/acre) in a modern high density orchard. The results of that study are available below, as well as similar reports from previous years on apple and cherry.
2012 - 2017 Apple Residue Summary 2012 - 2017 Cherry Residue Summary
2017 WTFRC Apple Residue Study 2017 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2016 WTFRC Apple Residue Study 2016 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2015 WTFRC Apple Residue Study 2015 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2011-2014 WTFRC Apple Residue Summary 2012-2014 WTFRC Cherry Residue Summary
2014 WTFRC Apple Residue Study 2014 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2013 WTFRC Apple Residue Study 2013 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2012 WTFRC Apple Residue Study 2012 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2011 WTFRC Apple Residue Study 2011 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2011 Univ. California Extension Cherry Residue Study
The latest edition of "Fruit Matters", is now available. This monthly newsletter is a product of the Tree Fruit Extension team which is comprised of members from WSU and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission whose goal is to share timely information with the tree fruit community.