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Tree Fruit News October 23, 2017


Herbicide resistance and the need to diversify weed management strategies

There are 12 unique cases of herbicide resistance in Washington state. Consider management strategies to limit herbicide resistance.

WSTRC Apple Residue Study

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…

WA 38 Characteristics and Horticulture

WSU’s Cosmic Crisp webpage is the go to for the latest research based production information. Here we cover growth habit, establishment considerations, training systems, pruning techniques, crop load management, fruit type and fruit quality.

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.

Oriental Fruit Moth in Organic Blocks

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.


Position Available Diamond Back Acres

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.

Position Available: Research – Special Projects Coordinator

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…

Cultivating Change Local Grant Opportunity

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,…


Registration is now open for the 6th annual Women in Agriculture Conference!

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.

Core Pesticide Training Available

OSU Extension Service will offer a Core pesticide training session in Hood River and the Dalles November 15 and December 13.


New WPS Respiratory Protection Guide

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…


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



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