Skip to main content Skip to navigation
WSU News orchard

March 5: Aphids and moths and blights, oh my!

aphids-moths-etc-550

By Kate Halstead, WSU Extension

EVERETT, Wash. – From aphids, apple maggots and codling moths to anthracnose, scab and powdery mildew, there are plenty of challenges to growing healthy fruit trees in western Washington. Cool, moist weather is an ideal incubator for many of the insects and diseases that strike orchards large and small. » More …

Production experts to speak at Beef Profitability Conference

RICHLAND – Three nationally recognized experts on beef production are scheduled to speak at the Beef Profitability Conference, May 19-20 at the Shiloh Inn.

Kit Pharo, a Cheyenne Wells, Col., rancher will discuss the difference between being production-driven and profit-driven, focusing on three key ways to maximize available forage.

Terry Gompert, University of Nebraska extension educator, will talk about what it takes to produce high-quality grass-fed beef and share principles of ultra high stock density grazing and success stories from several graziers around the world.

Charley Orchard, the developer of the Land EKG rangeland monitoring system, will discuss the current situation and offer his … » More …

Farm walk to feature orchard production

PUYALLUP – Walk through an early spring organic orchard and learn effective marketing techniques for a variety of fruit. Dennis and Nancy Nicholson will share their expertise in direct marketing and running an on-site seasonal fruit stand which features their pears, apples, cherries, peaches, raspberries, grapes and preserves along with neighboring farms’ fruit.

The Nicholsons are third-generation orchardists committed to providing nutritious, fresh food. Of their fifty acres, ten are certified organic, ten are in transition, and the remaining are conventional. “It’s more of challenge to grow organic because the orchards need to be sprayed more frequently and it takes more overall work,” said Nicholson, … » More …

Regents approve purchase of research orchard

TRI-CITIES – The Board of Regents of Washington State University has approved the purchase of Sunrise Orchards near Palisades, Wash., for use as a research, extension and teaching site.The cost of the property is $1.1 million. The regents took action during their regularly scheduled meeting Friday, March 3, on the WSU Tri-Cities campus.Because of encroaching housing development, WSU sold 70 of its 100 acres in Wenatchee to the Wenatchee School District three years ago. The school district bought the land for future expansion, so WSU has been able to maintain its research orchard there.The center’s office, labs and shop will remain on the 30 acres … » More …

Schools commend field day hosted by research orchard

WSU is helping the Wenatchee School District teach students a variety of interwoven disciplines in their own back yard — or orchard. A four-week apple curriculum, based on a national curriculum, incorporates physical science, social studies and even art and music. It culminates in a two-day field experience, Awesome Apple Adventures, that brings nearly 700 second graders to the orchards of the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center. Last month, 50 volunteers set up learning stations in the TFREC orchards, and for two days the students learned through hands-on experience about planting, grafting, pruning, irrigation, pests and pest control, picking, packing and marketing.They are … » More …