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Expo shows global impacts of Prosser research center

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

PROSSER, Wash. — The first scientific expo at Washington State University’s Prosser research station hailed advances made in central Washington by scholars from around the globe.

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Orchard pest management field day scheduled at Prosser

PROSSER – Apple growers will learn new integrated pest management practices to help them develop sustainable and effective pest management programs in the wake of the phase out of azinphos-methly at a Pest Management Transition Project field day scheduled at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 28, at Oasis Farms/C&M Orchards on West Evans Road, northeast of Prosser.

This year’s field day will feature revolving stations with active demonstrations or exhibits and experts on hand to answer questions about IPM strategies; monitoring techniques and tools; identification and monitoring of natural enemies; and sprayer efficiency. Sprayer calibration using a patternator to determine vertical distribution of sprayer output will be … » More …

WSU virologist and team honored

Women in India sell vegetables for a living as well as shop for vegetables for their families. (Photo by Naidu Rayapati)

PULLMAN – Naidu Rayapati, a plant virologist at the WSU Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center, and his colleagues from other institutions received a team award for international work at the 6th International IPM Symposium in Portland, OR, on March 24.

Rayapati, a member of the Integrated Pest Management Collaborative Research Support Program (IPM CRSP) funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development at Virginia Tech, received the International IPM Excellence Award.

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WSU opens research winery in Prosser

PROSSER – WSU now features the largest experimental, noncommercial winemaking facility in the Pacific Northwest.

The research winery, which is located at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, has a production capacity of about 5,000 gallons. The new facility was designed by enologists James Harbertson and Kerry Ringer, scientists in the WSU Department of Food Science. The facility will be used to conduct research in support of the region’s rapidly growing wine industry.

“We designed the winery for small-lot, research-scale production,” said Harbertson. The winery will produce multiple small lots of … » More …