Join the WSU Extension Tree Fruit Team in hosting the 2018 Postharvest Fruit School in Wenatchee and Prosser, Washington. WSU Fruit Schools are designed to deep dive into topics important to the industry using a combination of presentation, discussion, hands-on activities, and demonstrations.
The first day will focus on the principles of postharvest science, engineering, and management.
The second day will address crop-specific problems with sessions for apples or berries (morning), and cherries or pears (afternoon). The berry session will be live-streamed to Lynden, WA.
The third day will be warehouse tours at Wenatchee and Yakima. (Tour ticket sold separately from workshop)
Members of the Washington Tree Fruit Extension Team and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission look forward to hosting at the inaugural Postharvest Fruit School.
Dinner on Day 1
The dinner banquet on day 1 (Wenatchee and Prosser) is a great opportunity to network with postharvest professionals, and talk with our invited experts. Dinner is a three-course meal with Washington wines at Chateau Faire Le Pont Winery in Wenatchee and Desert Winds Winery in Prosser. We will also taste the WSU Apple Breeding Program’s latest advanced selections. The venues are adjacent to the workshop venues. (Dinner ticket sold separately from workshop)
- Pathology: What’s on the horizon – Richard Kim
- Quality: Maturity manipulation & preharvest MCP – Jennifer DeEll
- Engineering: Storage room design and loading for optimal storage – Marc Spuhler
- Storage systems: Defining dynamic controlled atmosphere – Glade Brosi
- Apple: Honeycrisp panel discussion
- Apple: Managing Cosmic Crisp™ – Ines Hanrahan
- Apple: Organic postharvest management – Severine Gabioud
- Cherry: Pre-harvest affects post-harvest – Juan Pablo Zoffoli
- Cherry: Tweaking handling for cultivars – Juan Pablo Zoffoli
- Berry: Horticultural practice to optimize berry fruit quality – Lisa DeVetter
- Pear: Pear ripening panel discussion
Thank you to our sponsors!
The support of the following sponsors significantly reduced registration fees for this fruit school:
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Day 1: Check-in at 8:00 am and Closing at 4:30 pm (lunch/snacks provided)
Optional Networking Dinner: Begins at 6:00 pm (ticket sold separately from workshop)
Day 2 Morning: Choice of 2 sessions: Apple or Berry Apple; sessions start at 8:30 am and close at 12:00 pm (lunch/snacks provided); a Berry-only session ticket is available.
Day 2 Afternoon: Choice of 2 sessions: Cherry or Pear; sessions start at 1:00 pm and end at 4:30 pm (snacks provided)
|DAY 1 – Postharvest principles of quality, storage, handling, organics, and pathology|
|Maturity & Quality||Welcome||8:30|
|Foundations of Postharvest||8:35||Ines Hanrahan|
|Postharvest Tool box||8:50||Rob Blakey|
|Setting up fruit quality pre-harvest||9:15||Bill Wolk|
|Maturity manipulation & preharvest MCP||9:35||Jennifer DeEll|
|MCP: Postharvest||10:05||Nate Reed|
|Food Safety & Demo||Food Safety effect on fruit quality||10:55||Ines Hanrahan|
|Pathology: What’s on the horizon||11:10||Richard Kim|
|Demo: QA, instrumentation & aids||11:40|
| Storing &
|Physiology principles of cold storage||1:35||Randy Beaudry|
|Room design & loading||2:00||Marc Spuhler|
|Defining Dynamic Controlled Atmosphere||2:25||Debbie Rees|
|Panel: Storage challenges & successes||2:50|| Jake Gutzwiler,
|Using ozone correctly||3:35||TBC|
|Packline considerations & handling||3:55||Bret Pittsinger|
|Day 2 Morning – Apple Session|
|Harvest Management||8:35||Dain Craver|
|Deciding on Storage||8:50||Randy Beaudry|
|Cosmic Crisp||9:20||Ines Hanrahan|
|Panel: Honeycrisp revisited||10:30||Jennifer DeEll,
|Panel: Apple Disorders||11:15||Brad Tukey,
|Day 2 Morning – Berry Session|
|Every minute counts||8:35||Peter Toivonen|
|Horticultural practice to optimize fruit quality||8:55||Lisa DeVetter|
|Pallett covers for transport||9:25||Beth Mitcham|
|Forced air cooling||10:25||Marc Spuhler|
|Choosing proper storage||10:45||Randy Beaudry|
|Ways to reduce bruising in the packing house||11:05||Fumi Takeda|
Day 2 Afternoon: Choice of 2 sessions: Cherry or Pear
Cherry and Pear sessions begin at 1:00 pm and close at 4:30 pm
|Day 2 Afternoon – Cherry Session|
|Every minute counts||1:05||Peter Toivonen|
|Pre-harvest affects post-harvest||1:30||Juan Pablo Zoffoli|
|Using a BIRD to quantify handling damage||2:00||Fumi Takeda|
|Tweaking handling for cultivars||2:25||Juan Pablo Zoffoli|
|Packline considerations & handling||3:15||Luca Montanari|
|Panel: Stretching & growing||3:40||Matt Whiting,
|Questions & Wrap-up||4:20|
|Day 2 Afternoon – Pear Session|
|Why pears need to chill||1:05||Beth Mitcham|
|Improving storage||1:30||Severine Gabioud|
|Can we use MCP on pears?||2:00||Fernando Edagi|
|Quality variation with canopy position||2:30||Sara Serra|
|Panel: Conditioning theory & practice||3:15||Dennis Kihlstadius,
|Questions & Wrap Up||4:00|
Day 3 Tours: check-in at 8:00 am, departure at 8:30 am, closing varies depending on tour; Bus transportation to five area warehouses; Lunch is provided. You must purchase a ticket for the tour separately from conference ticket.
Wenatchee bus pick-up: WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center (TFREC), 1100 N Western Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801; return to TFREC at 4:30 pm.
Prosser bus pick-up: WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research & Extension Center (IAREC), 24106 N Bunn Rd., Prosser, WA 99350; return to IAREC at 3:30 pm.
Registration opens Nov. 9th
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- 20-21 March – 2-day workshop
- 22 March – warehouse tours
- Full Workshop: $130
(both Day 1&2 sessions)
- Day 3 Tour: $90
- Day 1 Networking Dinner: $50
- Berry-only session: $40
(Day 2 Morning session)
- Full explanation on registration page
- Two-day workshop live-streamed between Wenatchee & Prosser, WA + special berry session live-streamed to Lynden, WA.
- One-day warehouse tours in Wenatchee & Yakima
Wenatchee: Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Center Way #102, Wenatchee, WA 98801.
Prosser: Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country R., Prosser, WA 99350.
Lynden: Mt. Baker Rotary building in the Northwest WA Fair & Event Center, 1775 Front St., Lynden, WA 98264. (Lynden location is for Day 2 berry session only)
Regional, national, and international speakers will be equally located at both Wenatchee and Prosser to facilitate interaction with attendees. These experts include:
- Randy Beaudry
- Jennifer DeEll
- Severine Gabioud
- Ines Hanrahan
- Jim Mattheis
- Beth Mitcham
- Dave Rudell
- Marc Spuhler
- Fumi Takeda
- Peter Toivonen
- Matt Whiting
- Juan Pablo Zoffoli
Attendees are requested to book their own accommodations if required.
There is a range at both locations. Some suggested hotels close to the venues are:
- Comfort Suites. 195 East Penny Road, Wenatchee, WA 98801 (3 star, 0.2 miles from venue)
- Holiday Inn Express Wenatchee. 1921 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801 (3 star, 0.4 miles from venue)
- Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel, 201 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801 (3 stars, 3.4 miles from venue)
- Wine Valley Inn, 1206 Wine Country Rd, Prosser, WA 99350 (3 star, 1.3 miles from venue)
- Best Western Plus The Inn at Horse Heaven, 259 Merlot Dr, Prosser, WA 99350 (3 star, 2.5 miles from venue)
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Prosser – Yakima Valley Wine, 680 Wine Country Rd, Prosser, WA 99350 (2 star, 3.3 miles from venue)
Anyone attending this program that requires auxiliary aids or services, please contact Gwen Hoheisel at 509-786-5609 or by email at email@example.com 3 weeks before the event.
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