- There are 12 unique cases of herbicide resistance in Washington state. Consider management strategies to limit herbicide resistance.
- Since 2011, the WTFRC has conducted studies in apple and cherry to generate pesticide residue data for commonly used insecticides and fungicides to help Washington growers make more informed choices about their spray programs. The WTFRC Internal Program recently completed its 2017 study in apple which included 7 insecticides/acaricides and 5 fungicides, as well as considering the effects of spraying concentrate (100 gal water/acre) vs. dilute (200 gal water/acre) in a modern high density orchard. The results of that study, as well as previous reports from similar projects on apple and cherry are now available on the WTFRC homepage.
A new page highlights current information available for WSU’s new variety Cosmic Crisp TM WA38. The page includes growth habit and tree type, establishment considerations, training and pruning techniques, and fruit characteristics. An additional page includes FAQs from Provar Management. The Tree Fruit Extension Team will continue to add information to these pages.
- A few orchards reported Oriental Fruit Moth (OFM) damage in their organic apple blocks this fall. Mating disruption combined with monitoring will be critical in these blocks next year.
- Diamondback Acres is looking for a recent, or soon to be, horticulture graduate for a position at their 200 acre organic tree fruit operation in Lake Chelan.
- The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission (WTFRC) is seeking applications for a special project coordinator (SPC). The SPC will be responsible for a range of creative activities focused on improving the WTFRC’s execution in meeting the mission and goals of the organization in funding research and industry service activities.
- Greener Fields believes in local farming and we believe that supporting growers in our communities is the best way to ensure a future for food. Cultivating Change, the Greener Fields Together local farm grant program, aims to fund projects that will help local farmers do what they’re best at: farming. Grant amounts up to $30,000 will be funded on an annual basis to qualifying growers through an online voting platform and peer review panel.
WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS
- Join the sixth annual Women in Agriculture Conference This one-day event is held simultaneously in 40 locations throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
- OSU Extension Service will offer a Core pesticide training session in Hood River and the Dalles November 15 and December 13.
- The Pesticide Education Research Collaborative is happy to announce a new resource, “Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Respiratory Protection Guide: Requirements for Employers of Pesticide Handlers”, a 45-page guide to help employers of pesticide handlers meet the requirements of the revised 2015 Worker Protection Standard (170.507).
Next Generation Network October 24. East Wenatchee WA
Columbia Basin Tree Fruit Club – October Meeting October 26. Pasco, WA
2017 Food Safety & Sanitation Workshop November 7. Portland, OR
Unmanned Aerial Systems in Agriculture November 8. Prosser, WA
PSA Food Safety Grower Training November 9. Vancouver, WA
PSA Food Safety Train-the-Trainer November 9. Vancouver, WA
2018 NW Cherry Research Review November 9. Pasco, WA
PSA Food Safety Grower Training Course – Hermiston, OR November 14. Hermiston, OR
PSA Food Safety Grower Training Course – Hood River, OR November 15. Hood River, OR
2018 Stone Fruit Research Review November 21. Prosser, WA
Next Generation Network November 29. Wenatchee, WA