Thank you for visiting the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission’s website. We support applied science to improve the financial and ecological sustainability of Washington’s tree fruit industry through innovative horticulture, pest and disease management, postharvest programs, and development of new technologies which efficiently deliver premium quality fruit to consumers.
Below is a list of upcoming industry events of note:
WTFRC Special Board meeting - Executive session per RCW 42.30.110(g)
The WA Tree Fruit Research Commission will hold a special executive session teleconference June 4th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm.
Drone Data Analytics in Agriculture
When: May 24, 2018
Where: Ag Tech Building, WSU IAREC, Prosser, WA 99350
Time: 7:30 am to 5 pm
This one-day workshop will cover basics of photogrammetry, best practices in UAS imagery data collection, theory and hands-on training on data analytic methods while analyzing actual agricultural data (case studies). Hands-on training will be provided by certified industry trainers and participants will get educated with available open source (QGIS) and commercial (Pix4D) data analytics software(s).
Registration Fee: $275/ attendee, Group of 5 or more $250/attendee. Maximum seats limited to 35. Registration cost includes lunch and coffee/light snacks.
Register at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3400887
Columbia Basin Tree Fruit Club meeting
Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2018
Time: Drinks at 6:30pm, talk starts at 7pm
Location: Cousins Restaurant, 4605 N Rd 68, Pasco, WA 99301
Karen Lewis and Matt Whiting from WSU will share their experience and discuss Mechanical Pruning – Hedging in apples and cherries. Election for president will also take place.
2018 Oregon Cherry Pre-Harvest Tour
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Knob Hill Rd. (off of Cherry Heights Rd.), The Dalles
Coffee and Donuts provided by Chamberlin Distributing
- Dwarfing Sweet Cherry Rootstock Selections from the MSU Breeding Program
Lynn Long, OSU
- The New Pearl Series Cherries
Dr. Bob Andersen, Breeder
- New Early Ripening Cherry Varieties from IFG
Marlene Long, IFG
- Meet WSU’s New Cherry Breeder
Dr. Per McCord, WSU
- Little Cherry Disease- What It Is and How To Spot It
Lauri Lutes, OSU
Omeg Family Farms
3157 Knob Hill Road, The Dalles, OR
- Cover Crops for Orchard Soil Health
Garrett Duyck, Wasco Co. NRCS
- The Benefits of Cover Cropping and Grazing in a Replant Situation
- Cover Crop Seeder Demonstration
Mike Omeg and Gary Wade
Lunch & Equipment Showcase: Dave Cooper Orchard
2270 Dry Hollow Road
Lunch provided by Wilson Irrigation; Beverages provided by Bryant Pipe & Supply
For more information:
Next Generation Network: Irrigation Field Visit
June 13 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pmFree
Join the Next Generation Tree Fruit Network for a field visit focused on irrigation. Aylin Moreno, McDougall and Sons will show the new irrigation system they have installed which includes some automated valves and a phone/computer friendly platform to view information from multiple soil moisture monitoring stations. Dr Lee Kalcsits, WSU Horticulture Wenatchee will demonstrate multiple sensors and discuss the results of recent research with deficit irrigation in honeycrisp.
Come ready with questions and your experiences to discuss.
To view the list of all WSU Extension events, click on the link below:
Since 2011, the WTFRC has conducted studies in apple and cherry to generate pesticide residue data for commonly used insecticides and fungicides to help Washington growers make more informed choices about their spray programs. The WTFRC Internal Program recently compiled results from the past 6 years which includes all insecticides/acaricides and fungicides reviewed over the course of this study. The results are available below, as well as similar reports from previous years on apple and cherry.
2017 WTFRC Apple Residue Study
2016 WTFRC Apple Residue Study
2015 WTFRC Apple Residue Study
2011-2014 WTFRC Apple Residue Summary
2014 WTFRC Apple Residue Study
2013 WTFRC Apple Residue Study
2012 WTFRC Apple Residue Study
2011 WTFRC Apple Residue Study
2017 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2016 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2015 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2012-2014 WTFRC Cherry Residue Summary
2014 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2013 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2012 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2011 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2011 Univ. California Extension Cherry Residue Study
The latest edition of "Fruit Matters", is now available. This monthly newsletter is a product of the Tree Fruit Extension team which is comprised of members from WSU and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission whose goal is to share timely information with the tree fruit community.