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Supporting the Future Faces of Farming. We offer educational opportunities for Young and Next Generation Growers, Managers & Industry Professionals. This new project began in 2016 as a partnership between the WSU Tree Fruit Extension Team and young growers. Every year we work with our advisory group to find topics of interest to Next Generation Growers. We offer six to ten field days and winter learning opportunities every year.

Please contact Tianna Dupont, WSU Extension (509) 713-5346, or Lindsey Morrison (509) 387-3704 with suggestions or to receive announcements.

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Thank you to our advisors for the Next Generation Tree Fruit Alliance Lindsey Morrison, Stemilt Growers; Steven Beirlink; Dillon Miller, Kasey O’Dell K&K Family Farm; Mark Stennes, Cascade Organics; John Gebber, Gebber Orchard; Jake Robison, Robison Orchards; Hannah Walters, Stemilt; Mauro Sitio, Fruitland.

Thank you to our sponsor: North Central Washington Fieldmen’s Association

2018 Next Generation Tree Fruit Network Programming

 Be sure to visit our Upcoming Events calendar for event details, flyers, and registration links.

Irrigation Desert Sage Orchard. Orondo, WA

Join the Next Generation Tree Fruit Network for a field visit focused on irrigation. Aylin Moreno, McDougall and Sons will show the new irrigation system they have installed which includes some automated valves and a phone/computer friendly platform to view information from multiple soil moisture monitoring stations. Dr Lee Kalscits, WSU Horticulture Wenatchee will demonstrate multiple sensors and discuss the results of recent research with deficit irrigation in honeycrisp.

June 13, 2018
Organic Production 11180 Road D South, West Royal City, WA 99357

Dain will share organic IPM practices that work in the field. Dr. Achour Amiri will explain some ideas for control of rots and spots (pre-harvest) to prolong storage of organic fruit.

Aug 22, 2018

3:00-5 pm

Drones. Sunrise Research Farm, Rock Island, WA.

Lav Knot, WSU will demonstrate drone basics. Nathan Moses-Gonzales, M3 Consulting will demonstrate a sterile codling moth release.

Sept 21, 2018

3:00-5:00 pm


OSU’s Clark Seavert will lead a discussion of how to analyze potential investments in new varieties, compare planting vs grafting and the future of organics – is there an economic tipping point.

October 24, 2018
Pruning December TBA



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