Oriental Fruit Moth Detection Training
Any facilities wishing to ship stone fruit like apricots to Mexico or British Columbia, including apricots, peaches & nectarines, must be registered with Northwest Hort Council and have at least 2 certified cull cutters to detect Oriental Fruit Moth. Wendy Jones with WSU-Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center explains.
JONES: This is an annual training. We always offer one session in Yakima and another one up here in Wenatchee and it is for the quality control cutters that are the ones that are evaluating the fruit that are going to be shipped for the Mexico market or the B.C., Canada market because they have to work under a very specific work plan that is through USDA and those countries. It's a negotiated work plan.
The Yakima session is planned for May 18th while Wenatchee's is the 20th.
JONES: The requirement is they do have to have cull cutters that are trained and certified. I do the training class in conjunction with someone from WSDA at the trainings that after I've gone through and talked about Oriental Fruit Moth and how to identify it, what kind of damage it does, then WSDA does a live cutting demonstration to show them the official way that they are supposed to cut the fruit when they are looking for Oriental Fruit Moth.
That's today's Fruit Grower Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.