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NCW Stone Fruit Day

January 16 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Join us January 16, 2018 for an opportunity to learn about marketing, managing for bigger high quality fruit, cherry training systems, spotted wing drosophila, cherry viruses, and powdery mildew.

Co-sponsored by Washington State Extension & NW Cherry Growers

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8:45-8:50                  Announcements, Tree Fruit News

8:50-9:25                  Record Crop, Record Challenges, Looking Back and Moving Forward BJ Thurlby, James Michael, NW Cherries

Thurlby and Michael will share the results of a new survey on current acreage, plantings and varieties, provide an overview of volume sold this year throughout the season, and information from retailers and international buyers.                           

9:25-10:10                Managing for Bigger High Quality Fruit

Matt Whiting, WSU Horticulture, Prosser. Why was my fruit soft, small, low color and low sugar? Dr. Whiting will describe cherry tree physiology and environmental effects on fruit size and quality as we go through the season as well as key management strategies including green fruit thinning, minimizing heat and water stress, and GA applications critical to meet size and quality demands.

10:10                         Elections

10:15                         Seeking Grower Input on Research Priorities Mike Willett, Washington State Tree Fruit Research Commission                   

 10:20-10:40             Coffee Break

 10:45-11:45             Grower Experiences with Cherry Training Systems Mark Hanrahan, Hanrahan Orchard Management. Tim Welsh, Columbia Fruit. Mark and Tim will describe their experiences with UFO and V trellis systems respectively including pluses and minuses followed by Q&A.        

11:50-1:15                Lunch

1:15-1:45                  Efficacy of Insect Growth Regulators for Control of Spotted-Wing Drosophila via Three Routes of Exposure* Alix Whitener, Elizabeth Beers, WSU Entomology, TFREC

1:45-2:30                  Cherry Virus Update* Scott Harper, WSU Prosser; Hannah Walters, Stemilt Growers

 2:30-3:15                  Cherry Powdery Mildew Management Questions and Answers* Dr. Gary Grove, WSU Prosser

 3:30                            Pesticide Credits and Closing

2 to 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.

 Agendas are draft and subject to change.


January 16
8:30 am - 3:30 pm


WSU Extension – Tianna DuPont
(509) 663-8181 x211


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