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.

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.

 

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