- Storing Honeycrisp long term while achieving good packouts and maintaining fruit of acceptable eating quality in the second part of the storage season has been a continuous challenge for our industry. Dr. Ines Hanrahan and Dr. Rob Blakey provide updated recommendations. Remember, storage success ALWAYS starts in the orchard
- WSU and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission (TFRC) hosted a tour of the TFRC Geneva Rootstock trial. Participants saw Honey Crisp and Pazazz in the third leaf on eight Geneva rootstocks as well as industry standards in Oroville, Brewster and East Wenatchee.
- For the seventh consecutive year, the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has conducted studies to provide the Northwest cherry industry basic information about residues of commonly used pesticides. These studies are intended to help growers and consultants make more informed pest management decisions with respect to concerns about Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) in foreign markets. The 2017 report includes results for 21 commonly used active ingredients found in 14 insecticides/acaricides, 6 fungicides, and a potash and phosphite foliar fertilizer. The results of that study, as well as similar reports from previous years on apple and cherry, are now available on the WTFRC homepage.
- Organic food sales in the U.S. grew about 8% in 2016 over the previous year, and many products were in short supply. Domestic production has not kept up with demand, leading to increasing imports. For organic apples, Washington State produces over 90% of the fresh product in the country, according to the USDA. And Washington orchardists are responding to the market signals.
- Join WSDA's dedicated team of professionals in providing third party certification and ensuring the integrity of the organic claim in Washington State.
- 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.
WA 38 Tips to Optimize Fruit Quality Field Day September 27 @ 3:00 pm. Rock Island WA.
Join WSU for a fall field day discussing horticulture and tips to optimize fruit quality of WA38 Cosmic Crisp™, WSU’s newest breeding program release. With more than 637,224 WA38 trees in the ground already, WSU and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission are working hard to provide growers with the information they need to choose training systems, pruning systems, rootstocks, pollinizers, and management techniques for high-quality fruit.
Pear IPM Discussion October 4 @ 4:00 pm. Cashmere, WA.
Cider & Perry Production: A Foundation October 9 to 13. Mount Vernon, WA.
Next Generation Network October 24 @ 3:30 pm. East Wenatchee, WA.
2017 Food Safety & Sanitation Workshop November 7 to 8, Portland OR