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October 11, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Which irrigation strategies can we use in our orchard to improve productivity and fruit quality? We will discuss the physiological response of fruit trees to deficit irrigation, how we can obtain optimal timings for our orchard and which technology is available for an automated irrigation system.


Víctor Blanco obtained his Ph.D. in Agronomy with the study of the agronomic and physiological basis for automating regulated deficit irrigation in sweet cherry trees. At the WSU, he is focusing on broaden his knowledge of water and nutrient uptake and distribution in fruit trees and the physiological mechanisms contributing to the development of physiological disorders in tree fruit.

Cameron Burt is the orchard manger for the WSU TFREC, and his mission is to provide and maintain a modern tree fruit research facility conducive to the orchard requirements of the faculty.

Dain Craver is a Royal City, Washington, grower known for his experimentation in the orchards. He is the chief operating officer for New Royal Bluff Orchards and he also owns DAC Consulting, through which he manages several other orchards near Royal City.

Jenny Bolivar obtained her Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics with the study of the physiological and genetic aspect of reproductive buds of cranberry. At the WSU, she is focusing on tree fruit horticultural issues including apple rootstock evaluation, abiotic stress outreach programs and emerging industry needs.


The speakers will present for 15-30 minutes followed by a facilitated discussion and networking. Bring your experiences to discuss. NO online option available.


Snacks and drinks are provided sponsored by North Central Washington Fieldmen’s Association.


Please register. Visit and hit the register link or rsvp to Aina below.

Next Generation Tree Fruit Network

Supporting the Future Faces of Farming. We offer educational opportunities for Young and Next Generation Growers, Managers & Field staff.

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Tianna DuPont at (509) 293-8792 at least two weeks prior to the event.


October 11, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


WSU Sunrise Orchard
115 Sunrise Court
Rock Island, WA 98850 United States
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Washington State University