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Cherry Institute – Yakima

January 20, 2017

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Sponsored by NW Cherries and WSU Extension. Join us research and education on cherry horticulture and pest management topics. Topics this year include: Use of Platforms; Trellis Engineering; Powdery Mildew; Sweet Cherry Breeding; Nutrient Diagnostics; Cost Estimates; Edible Coatings to Reduce Cracking and WSU updates.


8:00 – 8:30        Registration

8:30 – 8:40        Introduction & Welcoming Address – Dave Verhey, President, Cherry Institute Cherry Institute Co-Moderators, B.J. Thurlby, President, Northwest Cherry Growers, Yakima WA, Dr. Mike Bush, WSU Extension- Yakima County, Union Gap, WA   

8:45 – 9:00        2016 Northwest Cherry Season at a Glance — B.J. Thurlby, President, Northwest Cherry Growers, Yakima WA

9:05 – 9:20        Elections – Facilitated by B.J. Thurlby, President, Northwest Cherry Growers, Yakima, WA

9:25 – 9:55        Ups and Downs of Platform Use in Cherries — Tim Welsh, Horticulturist, Columbia Fruit Packers Inc., Wenatchee, WA10:00 – 10:45     Cherry Marketing— Possible Panel Discussion — James Michael, & Keith Hu, Northwest Cherry Growers, Yakima, WA

10:45 – 11:00     Break

11:00 – 11:30     Trellis Engineering — Dr. Mark De Kleine, De Kleine Machine Co., Prosser, WA.

11:35 – 11:55     How/When Best to Manage Powdery Mildew with Fungicides — Dr. Claudia Probst, WSU-IAREC, Prosser, WA.

12:00 – 1:20       Luncheon Program and Trade Show Time Eurotrip:  Cherry Production Trends in Italy and Turkey – Dr. Mathew Whiting, WSU IAREC, Prosser WA

1:20 – 1:40        Growers Visit the Vendors at our Annual Cherry Institute Trade Show

1:40 – 2:00        Lessons Learned From the Sweet Cherry Breeding Program —  (Cameron Peace, TITLE)

 2:05 – 2:35        Nutrient Diagnostic in Cherry Trees – Bernardita Sallato Camona, Horticulutral Manager of the WSU Cherry Breeding Program

 2:40 – 3:00        Cost Estimates of Establishing and Producing Sweet Cherries — Dr. Karina Gallardo, WSU Research & Extension Center, Puyallup, WA

3:05 – 3:30        WSU Developments:  Karen Lewis, Regional Extension Specialist and Tree Fruit Extension Leader, WSU Extension, Moses Lake, WA

  • Clean Plant Center — Dr Scott Harper, Director for the Clean Plant Center, WSU IAREC, Prosser, WA
  • Tree Fruit Extension Team — Karen Lewis
  • Postharvest Physiologist — Robert Blakey, Extension ITT in Postharvest Physiology, WSU IAREC, Prosser, WA

 3:35 – 4:00        Edible Coatings for Cherries to Reduce Cracking in Storage — Dr. Girish Ganjyal, WSU Campus, Pullman, WA

4:00 – 4:30        Door Prize Drawing from collected evaluation forms – – Thank you!



January 20, 2017


BJ Thurby


Yakima Convention Center
10 N 8th St.
Yakima, WA 98901 United States
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Washington State University