MAY BOARD MEETING CHANGE
2013 Cherry Cracking Susceptibility Test
The WTFRC internal program has developed a grower version of a bench-top test to determine cherry cracking susceptibility. Detailed instructions can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
Special Project Assessment
Cherry and Stone Fruit Special Project Assessment Referendum
The results are in and the special project assessment passed for both cherry and stone fruit. Thanks to everyone for supporting sustained research and outreach capacity at Washington State University. To read more about the referendum results, click on the link below.
Pesticide Residue Reports
In response to increasing industry concerns about meeting Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for pesticides in foreign markets, the WTFRC initiated studies in 2011 in apple and cherry to develop some residue data for commonly used insecticides and fungicides to help Washington growers make more informed choices about their spray programs. The results of the most recent study on apple evaluating residues of eleven common insecticides and eight fungicides is available below, as well as reports from similar WTFRC projects on apple and cherry and a 2011 project on cherry insecticide residues conducted by David Haviland of the University of California Cooperative Extension.
Starch Iodine Index for Honeycrisp
The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission (WTFRC) Internal Program has developed a starch index for Honeycrisp (scale 1-6) based on actual starch patterns observed for fruit grown in Washington State. To download a copy, click on the link below.
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