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Tree Fruit News March 26, 2018


Honey Bee Management in Tree Fruit Orchards

An update on honeybee management for tree fruit orchards from Tim Lawrence, WSU Extension, and Tory Schmidt, WA Tree Fruit Research Commission.

Efficacy of new and experimental products for control of powdery mildew on apple

In 2016 and 2017 several products were tested from green tip to 2nd or 3rd covers for the control of apple powdery mildew. See results from Dr Achour Amiri, WSU here.

Orchard Spraying and Following Label Requirements on Common Tree Fruit Pesticides

Compliance with pesticide labels requires managers and applicators to follow pesticide label directions. The “Directions for Use” section has mandatory language, noted in bold type below, that must be followed to be in compliance with…

New EPA-Approved WPS Worker/Handler videos In English/Spanish are now available!

Thanks to the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health at Penn State for sharing these much needed resources: Safety in the Orchard: Understanding and Applying the Worker Protection Standard, EPA Worker PST 00026 and EPA Handler…

Chipping Assistance Available to Orchardists through the Air Quality Initiative

Orchardists who are interested in chipping their tree prunings and slash piles are encouraged to apply for the Air Quality Initiative of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Through this program, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation…

Apply Oils as a Foundation for Effective Codling Moth Management

Horticultural oil is important for control of codling moth eggs. All eggs that the materials contact (regardless of egg age) will be affected. Larvae will also be impacted if they try to eat the oil, killing…

Compost Record Keeping: What do I really need to have?

Learn which compost records are required for Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance and understand what you need with regards to audits. An article by Phil Tocco, Michigan State University Extension.



Irrigation Water Management Workshop – Spanish  March 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Pine Grove Grange, 2835 Van Horn Drive

Irrigation Water Management Workshop – Spanish  March 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Pine Grove Grange, 2835 Van Horn Drive Hood River, OR

Columbia Basin TF Club Meeting March 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm  Pasco, WA

PSA Grower Training – Spokane  April 2 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm  Spokane, WA

Okanogan Horticultural Society Monthly Meeting  April 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm  Omak, WA


Karen Lewis

Gwen Hoheisel

Tory Schmidt

Ines Hanrahan

Wendy Jones

Tianna DuPont

David Granatstein

Bernardita Sallato

Washington State University