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NCW Pear Day 2019
January 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join us January 16, 2019, for an opportunity to learn about improving fruit size and quality, conserving natural enemies, fire blight, and pear IPM.
Co-Sponsored by: WSU Extension and Pear Bureau Northwest
Session I: Horticulture
8:45- 9:00 Announcements Treefruit.wsu.edu, Tree Fruit News, 50 years of Tree Fruit Research Commission
9:00-9:30 Towards Good Size Fruit and Less Cork -Evaluating your Irrigation System – Troy Peters, WSU, IAREC- Peters will describe tools to measure irrigation efficiency: pressure, flow, and irrigation distribution.
9:35-9:50 Grower Case Study in Irrigation for Fruit Quality – Tianna DuPont, WSU Extension – DuPont will share first year results of an irrigation conversion in Dryden on irrigation efficiency and fruit quality.
9:50-10:00 NRCS Irrigation Cost Share – Erin Kaczmarczyk, NRCS – Kaczmarczyk will describe cost share options available for irrigation improvements.
10:05-10:20 Coffee Break
10:20-10:50 ‘Gem’ a new variety from a grower’s perspective – facilitator Ashley Thompson, OSU Extension – Growers will discuss pluses and minuses of Gem, pear vein yellows virus, and fire blight susceptibility.
10:50 – 11:00 Elections – Grower Member for Fresh Pear Committee. Matt McDevitt, Fresh Pear Committee
11:00-11:30 Marketing, and Promotion Update. Kevin Moffitt, President Pear Bureau NW
11:30-12:30 Networking Lunch – Join us for networking and discussion. Discussion groups will include Visioning Pears, Pear IPM and chatting with your favorite neighbor. By registration only. Register for lunch here.
Session II IPM
12:30-12:50 Natural Enemies in Pear Orchards – How Many do I Need? How do I do it?* – Chris Strohm, WSU Extension TFREC – Strohm will describe who the natural enemies are in pear orchards and how to conserve them.
12:55 – 1:25 Native Psyllids in Washington and Oregon – How Might they Impact Pear Psylla?* – David Horton, USDA-ARS, Wapato, WA – Native psyllid diversity, life histories, native hosts and their interactions with pear psylla.
1:30-2:10 Assembling the Pear IPM Toolbox* Louis Nottingham, Chris Strohm, WSU Extension TFREC – Products and programs which keep psylla in check with high efficacy and by maintaining natural enemies.
2:15-2:50 Improving Fire Blight Management in Pears* Tianna DuPont, WSU Extension – DuPont will discuss integrated tactics designed to improve fire blight controls.
2:50-3:15 Fighting Fire Blight – An Interactive Discussion* Question and answer.
3:30 Pesticide Credits and Closing
3 Pesticide education certification credits awarded for program attendance, depending on WSDA approval.
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