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NCW Pear Day
January 17 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pmFree
Join us January 17, 2018 for an opportunity to learn about improving fruit size and quality, handling trees at medium density, conserving natural enemies, fire blight, pear ipm, cutting edge pest management research, and labor program tools.
Co-Sponsored by: WSU Extension and Pear Bureau Northwest
8:45- 9:00 2017 in Review
9:00-9:30 Optimizing Pear Tree Physiology. Stefano Musacchi, WSU TFREC, Horticulture
In pursuit of size and uniformity of production. In the past we used to get 50 bins per acre. Now 30 to 35 bins per acre is more common. What is happening?
9:30-9:45 Handling Trees at Planting for Medium Density Demonstration. Stefano Musacchi, WSU Horticulture.
Musacchi will show how to treat pear trees at planting for bare root and bi-axis trees.
9:45-10:15 Novel avenues for increasing pear consumption. Amit Dhingra, WSU Horticulture.
10:15-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-10:50 Farm Bill and Labor Issues Update Jon DeVaney, Washington State Tree Fruit Association
10:50 – 11:00 Elections
11:00-11:30 Tree Survey, Marketing, and Promotion Update. Kevin Moffitt, President Pear Bureau NW
Session II IPM
12:30-1:00 Perennial Weed Control* Lynn Sosnoskie, WSU TFREC Weed Science
Management strategies for common perennial weeds including field bindweed, horsetail, and mallow.
1:05 – 1:35 Fire Blight Trends, Future Predictions, Common Questions, New Products* Ken Johnson, OSU
1:40-2:10 Conserving Natural Enemies in Pear Orchards: A Basis for Pear IPM* Chris Strohm, WSU Extension TFREC
2:15-2:45 Choosing the Right Tools for Successful Pear IPM* Louis Nottingham, WSU Extension TFREC
2:50-3:30 Singing psyllids, attract-and-kill, and landscape-wide tracking of dispersal: pear psylla research at ARS-Wapato* Rodney Cooper and David Horton, USDA-ARS, Wapato, WA
3:30-3:45 Guest Worker Basics for Pear Growers Dan Fazio, Wafla
Learn how the federal guest worker program can work for you in securing a legal and stable workforce. There are special considerations for pear growers due to the short season. Wafla has cost-saving programs that include comprehensive labor management support systems. Hear how wafla can assist you in securing a returning workforce.
3:45 Pesticide Credits and Closing
2 to 3 Pesticide education certification credits awarded for program attendance based on WSDA approval.
Extension programs and employment are available without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension Office.