- Yakima, WA –The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) released its forecast for the 2017 Washington state fresh apple crop Aug 7.
- Preventing rots from damaging stored apple and pear starts by good orchard sanitation practices and timely fungicide applications. However, postharvest practices will help extend the shelf life of the fruit and minimize decay development, especially on fruit aimed for more than four months of storage.
- In 2012, we started a survey to determine the availability and quality of Honeycrisp apples in local Yakima grocery stores throughout the year. We wanted to find out how long Honeycrisp would be on the retail shelfs, but more importantly if the eating quality would be adequate? At the start of this project, visits were done once a year. Eight supermarkets were visited in early springtime of 2012 to evaluate supply, external quality, and eating quality. Only six stores actually offered Honeycrisp apples from the 2011 harvest that late into the storage season. As supply of Honeycrisp increased, we adjusted the frequency of visits as well as the observation focus points. Surveys have continued through 2016.
- OSU is inviting applications for the newly revised position for Tree Fruit Scientist (integrated pear and cherry production systems) based at MCAREC, Hood River, OR. This is a tenure track faculty position. Minimum job requirements include a PhD in Horticulture or other relevant disciplines with experience in carrying out research in horticulture or a related field. The full announcement is posted at the OSU job website https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/47474. This position closes on 10/1/2017.
- OSU is inviting applications for the newly revised position for Tree Fruit Extension based in The Dalles. Minimum job requirements include a PhD in Horticulture, Entomology, Pest Management, Plant Pathology, Soil Science or closely related field with relevant knowledge in agriculture, preferably with commercial tree fruit production. The full announcement is posted at the OSU job website https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/47428. The position closes 9/30/2017.
- Dates: 20-22 March 2018. Locations: Wenatchee & Prosser, Washington. The 2018 Post-harvest Fruit School is an excellent opportunity for warehouse and other professionals in the tree fruit and berry industries to deepen and develop their knowledge of post-harvest science and management with lectures, expert panels, demonstrations and tours. The speaker line-up will include regional and international experts. The meeting is being organized by WSU Extension and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission.