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Fruit Matters – Tree Fruit News June 2024


Sampling and Testing for X-disease and Little Cherry Disease

If you have trees with small, misshapen or poor colored fruit and suspect Little Cherry or X-disease, sample if the disease has not been previously confirmed in the block.

First Generation Leafhopper Adults Now Present

First generation adult leafhoppers known to transmit X-disease are now present in Washington orchards. Consider monitoring.

There is More to Crop Insurance Than Signing Up

Crop insurance is a critical risk management tool available to fruit growers.

AWN enables Worker Heat Awareness Decision Support Tool

The AWN web portal has recently updated “Worker Heat Awareness” model page to deliver timely information to workplace supervisors and workers about weather station-specific heat stress situations.

FDA Releases FSMA Final Rule on Pre-Harvest Agricultural Water (Subpart E)

On May 6th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a final rule on pre-harvest agricultural water, replacing the 2015 Produce Safety Rule requirements. The new rule mandates annual agricultural water assessments to evaluate contamination…

AWN Update

The month of May saw the resumption of Mesonet station construction by the AgWeatherNet (AWN) Field Team and an expansion of our air quality network. AWN is also highlighting our updated Station Specific Weather Data…

WSU Decision Aid System Update June 2024

Use DAS to consider natural enemies when controlling pests

Robotic System for Precision Blossom Thinning in Apples

Researchers at Washington State University have designed a robotic blossom thinning system, achieving promising results for targeted flower removal.

Free earwigs and earwig training, Wenatchee, Yakima, Hood River, and Whatcom, 2024

Come get a free bucket of earwigs for your farm. July workshops will cover methods to mass-collect this stone fruit pest and transport them to apples and pears for aphid and psyllid biocontrol.


WSU Weather School: Soil Moisture Sensors

A presentation by R. Troy Peters, PHD, PE, Professor/Extension Irrigation Engineer, WSU Prosser
Washington State University