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NCW Pear Day
January 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by: WSU Extension and Pear Bureau Northwest
8:45- 9:00 2017 in Review
9:00-9:30 Optimizing Pear Tree Physiology. Stefano Musacchi, WSU TFREC, Horticulture
In pursuit of size and uniformity of production. In the past we used to get 50 bins per acre. Now 30 to 35 bins per acre is more common. What is happening?
9:30-9:45 Handling Trees at Planting for Medium Density Demonstration. Stefano Musacchi, WSU Horticulture. Musacchi will show how to treat pear trees at planting for both potted, bare root and bi-axis trees.
9:45-10:15 Novel avenues for increasing pear consumption. Amit Dhingra, WSU Horticulture.
10:15-10:30 Coffee Break
10:15-10:30 Resources to Help You with Labor and Labor Housing
10:30-10:50 Farm Bill and Labor Issues Update Jon DeVaney, Washington State Tree Fruit Association
10:50 – 11:00 Elections
11:00-11:30 Tree Survey, Marketing, and Consumer Statistics. Kevin Moffitt, President Pear Bureau NW
Session II Pest and Disease Management
12:30-1:00 Perennial Weed Control* Lynn Sosnoskie, WSU TFREC Weed Science
Management strategies for common perennial weeds including field bindweed, horsetail, and mallow.
1:00 – 1:30 Fire Blight Trends, Future Predictions, Common Questions, New Products* Ken Johnson, OSU
1:30-2:00 Conserving Natural Enemies in Pear Orchards: A Basis for Pear IPM* Chris Strohm, WSU Extension TFREC
2:00-2:30 Choosing the Right Tools for Successful Pear IPM* Louis Nottingham, WSU Extension TFREC
2 to 3 Pesticide education certification credits awarded for program attendance based on WSDA approval.
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