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Pear Day – North Central Washington Tree Fruit Days

January 20 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Join WSU Extension for the latest research-based information on preventing post harvest rots, trechnites biological control, season long integrated pest management, increasing pear production in new and existing blocks, high density pears, and more. 2-3 WSDA and ODA pesticide update credits pending approval. Hybrid In-person and Virtual event. Co-Sponsor Pear Bureau Northwest.

To reduce the spread of Omicron virtual participation is encouraged. The in-person option is still occurring.

North Central Washington Tree Fruit Days

Join us for WSU Tree Fruit Extension Programs in North Central Washington. Co-sponsored by Northwest Cherries, Pear Bureau Northwest, NCW Fieldmen’s Association, Chelan Future Farmers of America and the Okanogan Horticultural Association. These events provide the latest research-based information on horticulture, pest and disease management. We hope you will join us to network and learn this winter. Apple, Pear and Cherry Day will be held in Wenatchee, WA January 18-20, 2022. Okanogan Horticultural Day will be held in Omak, February 9, 2022.

Covid-19

In order to accommodate folks we are planning to have Apple, Pear and Stone Fruit day sessions available simultaneously via webinar. The most current COVID-19 protocols will be followed for in person attendees including masking and social distancing.

COVID PRECAUTIONS: Covid cases in Chelan County are up to 2545/100K as of Jan 10 compared to 320/100K Dec 27.

  • Virtual participation is encouraged.
  • In person participants will be asked to mask and social distance.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Vaccine boosters are encouraged.
  • WSU will provide hand sanitizer at entrances and a limited supply of disposable medical masks/ KN95s on hand for people that have misplaced their own mask.
  • The wearing of cloth masks, neck gaiters, or bandanas is no longer considered an effective face covering. To mitigate the spread of omicron, the use of a high-quality mask is important. This means at a bi-layer medical-style mask or a KN95 should be worn when indoors. N95s and KN95s are available on-site.
  • Check the website before coming for changes to meeting status.

Format

Events in 2022 will be held in person with a virtual option through zoom webinars for Apple, Pear and Stone Fruit Days.

Pear Day Topics

Topics this year include:

Session 1: Pest and Disease Management

  • Best Management Practices to Prevent Post Harvest Rots in the Orchard
  • Trechnites Wasps for Biological Control in Pear

Session 2: Pear Psylla Management

  • Season Long IPM Management for Pear Psylla

Session 3: Production, Quality and Profits

  • Evaluating New Rootstocks for Pears
  • Increasing Pear Production in New and Existing Blocks
  • Irrigation Technology for Small Blocks Panel
  • High Density Pears Virtual Tour

Credits

2-3 pesticide update credits will be available per day with WSDA and ODA approval.

See Credits Q&A at the bottom of the page for questions.

Registration

Registration is required for virtual webinar attendance. In person attendees are welcome to register to have a back-up attendance method through the webinar link. Walk-ins okay for in person participation. Check the website in case of COVID related cancellation.

Register for Apple Pear and Cherry Day webinar attendance at: https://wsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S1zupWthQAmuUYjDeq84YQ All webinar participants will be required to have a zoom account to register due to WSU security policies. If you don’t have a zoom account go to https://zoom.us/ to sign up (free) and don’t forget to check your email to confirm.

For in-person attendance registration is not required. To receive schedule updates and reminders RSVP here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tree-fruit-days-tickets-230547191857

Having trouble. See Common Zoom Problems and Trouble Shooting and Step by Step Registering at the bottom of the page. Still having trouble. Call (509) 293-8758, (509) 293-8792, or (509) 713-5346. Note these phone numbers will be forwarded to volunteers during the hour before and after the webinar starts as Tianna will be running the meeting.

Agenda

Agendas are draft and subject to minor adjustments.

NCW Pear Day
January 20, 2022 @ 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Wenatchee Convention Center
2-3 WSDA and ODA pesticide update credits pending approval.
Hybrid in-person and virtual event. Co-sponsored by Pear Bureau Northwest.
Session 1: Pest and Disease Management
9:00 AM Best Management Practices to Prevent Post Harvest Rots in the Orchard
Achour Amiri, WSU Pathology
9:30 AM Trechnites Wasps for Biological Control in Pear
Gabriel Zilnik, USDA-ARS
What factors influence pear psylla biological control by its parasitoid Trechnites spp. We will be discussing the results from a survey of grower pear blocks across the Pacific Northwest to determine what influences the variation of Trechnites spp. abundance in pears.
10:00 AM Break
10:10 AM Elections
Session 2: Pear Psylla Management
10:30 AM Importance of Natural Enemies in the Pear IPM Toolbox
Tianna DuPont, WSU Extension
When natural enemies are present in pear orchards, IPM programs which support high beneficial populations, using washes to provide flexibility, thresholds.
11:00 AM Season Long IPM Management for Pear Psylla
Louis Nottingham, WSU Entomology
Pear psylla phenology, pre-bloom kaolin and insect growth regulators, summer pruning, timing honeydew washes, summer covers, fall kaolin.
Session 3: Production, Quality and Profits
11:30 AM Evaluating New Rootstocks for Pears
Panel discussion with Stefano Musacchi, Andrew Hubbard and Bryan Mrachek facilitated by Soon Li Teh (WSU pear rootstock breeding program) and Tory Schmidt (WTFRC & pear grower).
12:00 noon Lunch
1:00 PM Increasing Pear Production in New and Existing Blocks
Panel discussion with Stefano Musacchi, Dave Burnett, Sam Parker, Blaine Smith
A discussion of factors which promote productivity and quality including light management, pollination, irrigation, vigor management, nitrogen and micronutrients.
1:45 PM Irrigation Technology for Small Blocks
Tianna DuPont, Troy Peters, WSU Extension; Jac le Roux, Wilbur Ellis; Gil Costa, Sentek; Iftach Rosenbach, Phytech
Tianna DuPont, WSU Extension will share the basic use and benefits of irrigation sensors in pears. Followed by a panel discussion with irrigation technology experts.
2:35 PM TBD
3:00 PM Closing and Credits

 

Speakers

Achour Amiri is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at Washington State University. He focuses on tree fruit diseases in Washington State and Pacific North West with a focus on applied epidemiology of major pathogens in orchards and its linkage to post-harvest disease problems.

Gabriel Zilnik is a research associate with USDA-ARS Wapato. His work focuses on the biology and ecology of the beneficial wasp Trechnites.

Louis Nottingham is a Research Assistant Professor for WSU Department of Entomology. His lab works to improve insect and mite pest management practices in commercial tree fruit orchards. Topics include insect behavior, phenology, biological control, cultural control, and chemical control.

Tianna DuPont is a Tree Fruit Extension Specialist. Her work focuses on helping growers understand and apply research-based solutions for tree fruit pests and pathogens. Her current projects are focused on fire blight, replant disease, little cherry disease, pear IPM and soil health.

Robert Orpet is a postdoctoral researcher in entomology with Washington State University. His current work focuses on pear psylla and integrated pest management.

Stefano Musacchi is an Endowed Chair of Tree Fruit Physiology and Management for Washington State University. His work focuses on orchard management, training systems, rootstocks and cultivar evaluation, light interception, fruit quality, graft-incompatibility, and saline stress.

Credits Q&A

WSDA and ODA pesticide update credits have been approved for morning sessions of apple, pear and cherry days as well as afternoon Spanish session. To receive credits for online attendance participants must:

  1. Register each participant including pesticide license information. Make sure registrant name matches name on license.
  2. Attend the full morning session. The webinar software tracks the number of minutes each attendee is participation. 2 credit sessions require 100 minutes of pesticide related content.
  3. Respond to poll questions and check-ins during the morning session.

Common questions:

Can I have multiple people watching on one computer? The webinar host can only verify attendance for each logged in participant. If it is not possible for each participant to login separately, please contact Tianna (509) 713-5346 in advance to designate a host for your site who can verify attendance.

Common Zoom Problems and Trouble Shooting

  • Cannot register
    • Create a zoom account: If you don’t have a zoom account you will not be able to register/enter the meeting. Create a zoom account signup (free) at https://zoom.us/signup and don’t forget to confirm your new account in your email. If you are having trouble this article walks you through the steps How to Create a New Zoom Account – dummies
    • I’m getting the error This meeting is for authorized registrants only. Please enter another email address.’ This means that you don’t have a zoom account associated with the email address you entered. Either enter the email address associated with your zoom account or create a zoom account (free) at https://zoom.us/signup and don’t forget to confirm your new account in your email.
  • Cannot enter the webinar.
    • Early? If you are early you will receive a message that the meeting has not started yet. Just wait and I will have webinar open soon.
    • Create a zoom account: If you don’t have a zoom account you will not be able to enter the meeting. Create a zoom account signup (free) at https://zoom.us/signup and don’t forget to confirm your new account in your email. If you are having trouble this article walks you through the steps How to Create a New Zoom Account – dummies
  • No sound
    • Check your audio settings in zoom. Click on the up arrow close to the microphone icon at the bottom of your screen. Choose audio settings and check that you have the correct speaker and microphone checked.
    • Check your audio in your computer settings.

Step by Step registering

  1. Go to http://treefruit.wsu.edu/event/apple-day-2022/ or Pear/Stone fruit day
  2. Scan down to registration and click the link https://wsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S1zupWthQAmuUYjDeq84YQ
  3. Fill out information.
  4. If you get this error This meeting is for authorized registrants only. Please enter another email address.’ Create a zoom account signup (free) at https://zoom.us/signup and don’t forget to confirm your new account in your email.
  5. Register for a zoom account if you don’t have one already. Go to https://zoom.us/signup
  6. First it will want your birth date.
  7. Then enter your email address.
  8. Check your email for an email from zoom titled ‘Please activate your zoom account.’
  9. Click the orange button to activate you zoom account.
  10. Go back to the registration link and now that you have a zoom account you should be able to register. https://wsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S1zupWthQAmuUYjDeq84YQ
  11. You will see a screen like this with the webinar link at the bottom.
  12. Go back to your email and you will have an email from Tianna DuPont titled “ North Central Washington Tree Fruit Days Confirmation.

Details

Date:
January 20
Time:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Organizer

WSU Extension – Tianna DuPont
Phone:
(509) 293-8758
Email:
tianna.dupont@wsu.edu

Venue

Wenatchee Convention Center
Wenatchee, 98801 United States + Google Map