Pests, Diseases in Organic Growing the topic of Washington State University Fruit School

Pests, Diseases in Organic Growing the topic of Washington State University Fruit School

Washington State University (WSU) Extension and Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides present a two-day school on the ecology, biology, and tools for successful organic orchard pest and disease management.

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The fruit school will include in-depth presentations from science experts, panel discussions with industry leaders, hands-on activities, problem-solving case studies, and an opportunity to network with your peers.

Topics include:

  • Key natural enemies: life histories and pests controlled, conserving beneficials through habitat modification
  • Augmenting natural enemies
  • Effective IPM toolbox
  • Apple codling moth and leafroller
  • Woolly apple aphid
  • Spotted wing drosophila and cherry fruit fly
  • Pear psylla and mites
  • Managing postharvest diseases of apple and pear in the field
  • Fire blight biology and cultural controls
  • In-season fire blight management programs
  • Apple and cherry powdery mildew programs
  • Little cherry disease, Western X, and more

Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited. The registration fee is $150 which includes lunch, materials, intensive lecture, demonstration, discussion, and reference information.