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NCW Pear Day 2020

January 28, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Join us January 28, 2020, for an opportunity to learn about improving fruit size and quality, pear IPM, irrigation and marketing.
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Co-Sponsored by: WSU Extension and Pear Bureau Northwest

No registration required for sessions.  Registration required for lunch. Register for lunch at


8:45- 9:00         Announcements

9:00-9:30          Irrigating for Fruit Quality – New Research Results and Grower Case Studies Tianna DuPont, WSU Extension; Lee Kalcsits, WSU Horticulture

9:35-10:20          How Can we Make Mature Canopies More Efficient? A panel discussion with growers and Stefano Musacchi, WSU Horticulture. A discussion of strategies for better light management, more and larger buds and fruit quality.

10:20-10:40     Coffee Break – sponsored by Pear Bureau Northwest

10:35-10:40     Recognition for Everett Burts and Stan Hoyt Dave Burnett

10:40-10:45     Input on Pear Variety Breeding Initiative Bob Gix

10:45 – 10:50  Elections – Grower Member for Fresh Pear Committee.

11:00-11:30     Marketing, and Promotion Update.  Kathy Stephenson, Pear Bureau NW                   

11:30-12:30     Networking Lunch Join us for networking and discussion. By registration only. Register for lunch at  

12:30-12:50     Pesticides and water quality* Abigail Nickelson, WSDA A discussion on pesticides and water quality in north central Washington. Successes and challenges in preventing off-site movement of pesticides. Current events in pesticide registration topics, and the pesticide stewardship framework.

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          Season Long IPM* Louis Nottingham, WSU Extension TFREC

 2:15-2:50          Adding Natural Enemies to the IPM Toolbox* Chris Strohm, WSU Extension TFREC. Sharing results from a three-year study comparing natural enemy populations and psylla management in IPM, organic, and conventional orchards funded by a WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant.

2:50-3:15          Singing Psyllids* Dowen Jocson, WSU Entomology.  Why use acoustic mating disruption? An introduction to related biology, possible uses. Hear psylla mating calls.

3:30                    Pesticide Credits and Closing

**Pesticide credits offered for noted topics. 

3 Pesticide education certification credits awarded for program attendance, depending on WSDA approval.

Extension programs and employment are available without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension Office.

For Vendors
Please contact NCW Fieldmen’s Association to reserve your vendor booth or sponsorship. 509-784-0357


January 28, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


WSU Extension – Tianna DuPont
(509) 293-8758


Wenatchee Convention Center
Wenatchee, 98801 United States + Google Map
Washington State University