If you want to get a view of new apple varieties first hand, meet a new fruit researcher, or learn the take-home information on Washington's pest control studies, mark Aug. 7 on your calendar.
That's Washington State University's annual Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center field day at the Sunrise Research Orchard nearby.
Here's what you will miss if you aren't there:
•Research report on development of a solid set canopy system (considered to be an efficient system to deliver nutrients and pesticides).
•Check out that much-praised new WSU apple, the WA 38.
•Hear an update on apple breeding and the potential of taste tests of some new apple varieties by candidates by breeder Kate Evans, associate professor of horticulture.
•Meet Stefano Mussachi, the new WSU pomology endowed chair.
•Results of research of fabric coverings to protect apples.
•A report on apple-thinning studies comparing chemical and mechanical approaches.
•Latest information from a replant study in its final year of evaluation by Mark Mazolla, USDA Wenatchee scientist.
The session begins at 3 p.m. with workshops on biological and weed control until 5 p.m., followed by the main presentations until 6:30 p.m., when dinner will be served in the equipment shed.
In the enhancing biocontrol session, participants will have an opportunity to learn about identification of natural enemies in different life stages, including predators, parasitoids, and their pest/prey hosts.
Sampling techniques will be reviewed and natural enemies collected to hone identification skills.
In the weed control class, WSU educator Tim Smith will probe weed control in an orchard tour, showing combinations of herbicides that provide season-long control.
Although the field day is free, organizers ask for RSVP from those planning to attend by contacting Darla Ewald at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (509) 663-8181 by July 31.
The Sunrise site is located on Highway 28 on Sunrise Lane 11 miles south of Wenatchee.