The Washington State Tree Fruit Association will hold two (2) Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training courses on May 22nd and May 23rd, 2017 in Union Gap, WA. This one-day class fulfills the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement for Produce Growers outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.” The course will be led by trainers that have attended the PSA lead trainer training, and hold the Produce Safety Alliance Lead Trainer Certificate.
- Sunburn is a major cause of apple fruit quality loss caused by heat and light stress. There are three types of pre-harvest sunburn in apples: (i) Sunburn Necrosis, (ii) Sunburn Browning, and (iii) Photo-Oxidative Sunburn. Delayed Sunscald (Delayed Sunburn) is a post-harvest disorder with symptoms developing or worsening during storage.
- Palmer amaranth is a highly aggressive, fast-growing weed with resistance to herbicides. A new National Pest Alert is available now.
- Farmers Advocating For Organic (FAFO) grants of $5,000-$50,000 for research, education, and advocacy projects that protect and promote the organic industry and the livelihood of organic farmers are due June 15.
- Join WSU Extension for a brief training in regards to sunburn and delayed sunscald on May 25 in Quincy WA.
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
May 22 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Improving Sprayer Performance – Cashmere & Omak
June 12 & 13 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join WSU Extension to improve your sprayer performance. Extension Specialist Gwen Hoheisel will provide an in-field demo using three different sprayer types.
There will be two opportunities to attend this demonstration: Cashmere on June 12th; and Okanogan on June 13th.
- Dr. Rob Blakey demonstrates how to use the ATAGO pocket Brix-Acid meter to determine total soluble solids and titratable acidity for apples. Both the "quick" method and "accurate" method are described.
- An evaluation of the use of photoselective anti-hail netting is underway to reduce sunburn and improve productivity of 'Honeycrisp' apple in trials a commercial orchard in Quincy, WA. This video describes the methods used and preliminary observations.