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NCW Pear Day

January 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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North Central Washington Pear Day
Wenatchee Convention Center
Co-sponsored by WSU Extension and Pear Bureau Northwest

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Session I  Integrated Pest Management of Pear Psylla and Mites

9:00 – 9:25
Experiences from the Hood River Integrated Area Wide Management Project
Steve Castenoli, Oregon State University Extension Service, Hood River, OR

9:25 – 9:50
Key Psylla Biology: Winter-form Stage
Where do they go? What helps them survive the winter? What signals them to return to the orchard? How do we disrupt that cycle?
Dr. David Horton, Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS, Wapato, WA

9:50 – 10:15
The Good Guys: Natural Enemies of Psylla and How to Maintain Populations
Generalist predators and parasites of psylla. Where are they? How do we maintain populations? AKA what kills them.
Dr. Tom Unruh, Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS, Wapato, WA

10:15 – 10:30
Coffee Break

10:30 – 10:55
Blue Sky: Possible New Tools for Psylla Management
Host plant resistance, bacterial endosymbionts, and mating disruption.
Rodney Cooper, Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS, Wapato, WA

10:55 – 11:20
Integrated Mite Management: Why did Mites Spike in 2015 and Recommendations Going Forward
Betsy Beers, WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, Wenatchee, WA

11:20 – Noon
IPM Panel Discussion

Noon – 12:15     Elections

Noon – 1 pm      Lunch

Session II  Marketing, Irrigation, & Pruning Systems

1:00 – 1:15
New Extension Specialist, The Tree Fruit Portal, Tree Fruit News

1:15 – 1:45
Pear Pruning
Stefano Musacchi, Endowed Chair, Associate Professor, Tree Fruit Physiology and Management, WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, Wenatchee, WA

1:45 – 2:15
Q & A with the Pear Bureau
Kevin Moffitt, President; Bob Koehler, Lead Marketing Manager; Dennis Kihlstadius, Ripening Consultant

2:30 – 3:00
Panel Discussion: Higher Density Pears
Rudy Prey, Preys Fruit; Mark Stennes, Stennes Orchards. Moderated by Boone Davis, Chamberlain Ag.


3 pesticide education certification credits awarded for program attendance.
Extension programs and employment are available without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension Office.



January 20, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Co-sponsered by WSU Extension and the Pear Bureau


Wenatchee Convention Center
121 N. Wenatchee Ave.
Wenatchee, WA 98801 United States
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Washington State University