- Now that we are in the midst of cherry harvest, it’s a good time to inspect your orchard for Little Cherry Disease. This disease is caused by one or a combination of pathogens – Little Cherry Virus 1, Little Cherry Virus 2, and Western X phytoplasma. The foliage appears normal, but the fruit are small, poorly colored, and lacking flavor. Once infected, the tree cannot be cured, and should be removed to prevent the disease from spreading in the orchard.
- Water stress can affect fruit size and quality. The irrigation scheduler from AgWeatherNet is a handy tool which can help you match irrigation applications to tree fruit needs. It uses your soil type and tree fruit evapotranspiration rates based on your local weather station to estimate water use. Moisture sensors are the best way to monitor soil water status. Use the irrigation scheduler to make a plan and track estimated soil water when on-site measurements are not possible or practical. The new version of the tool includes an 'irrigation scheduling assistant' where you can input your normal irrigation schedule and it will default to it unless you manually make changes thus reducing the data input needed.
- Bernardita Sallato C. has been hired in the position of Washington State University Tree Fruit Extension Specialist in South Central Washington. Bernardita is originally from Chile where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture and a Master of Science Degree in Plant Physiology and Fruit Production at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC).
- Please help with a survey. As part of a 2015 WSDA funded project “Physiological responses of apple under photo-selective anti-hail netting” our team is conducting a survey of WA apple growers about their present experience or future consideration of using overhead netting in their orchards. The short, 2-page survey typically takes about 5 minutes to complete.
- Join WSU and the Next Generation Tree Fruit Network for an opportunity to learn more about organic tree fruit production. We will discuss: compost and fertility &amp;amp;amp; soil renovation as well as paperwork and certification.
- WSU CAHNRS’s Center for Precision &amp; Automated Agricultural Systems team is hosting an Agricultural Technology Day on July 31, 2017. It will be an event geared to educate growers, agricultural industry professionals, crop consultants and researchers about the cutting edge agricultural technologies being researched by the CPAAS affiliates. Through dedicated plenary session and 30+ posters, technology displays, and demos, CPAAS team will showcase agricultural automation, robotics, and precision agriculture technologies.
WSU Mount Vernon NWREC will once again be hosting cider workshops during the Summer and Fall of 2017.The first workshop, Sensory Analysis of Fruit Wines and Ciders, will be held Saturday August 5, 2017. This one-day workshop will introduce fundamental strategies to approaching fruit wine and cider sensory evaluation. Local wineries and cideries of the North Puget Sound have partnered with WSU to supply samples for evaluation. The cost of the workshop is $95/person and includes lecture materials, several tastings, lunch, and refreshments.
- Good Fruit Grower magazine is looking for a journalist who is fluent in Spanish and English to serve as the lead writer and curator of its new Spanish-language web site.
July 31 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm WSU – IAREC, Prosser,
August 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Chelan, WA
August 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
August 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Mesa, WA
August 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Yakima, WA