Cherry Field Day

Cherry Field Day

Cherry Field Day. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Fruit Grower Report.

If cherries are your game Matt Whiting has the playing field. Today is the 2011 WSU Cherry Field Day.

WHITING: This year it’s comprised of orchard visits beginning out towards Yakima. We’re going to be making three stops at three different orchard operations. They’re different architecture; different ways that they’re pruning and managing the trees for precocity and productivity and good quality fruit. Three very different ways of accomplishing the same goal.

He hopes this will get producers talking about alternative ways to grow cherries. Lunch will be served at WSU’s IAREC.

WHITING: Then we are going to head up to the WSU ROSA Experimental farm where we’re going to have plot tours up there. And there we’re going to have almost a dozen different stops where we’re going to be having research highlights from various programs that are involved in sweet cherry research.

Whiting say they have changed the time to coincide with OSU’s Cherry Pre-Harvest tour.

WHITING: It’s a great opportunity for growers to come out and have a look at what their research dollars, their investment is yielding. They fund much of the work that they’ll be seeing and it’s good for us to hear the feedback, to have growers out there evaluating the research progress and discussing it amongst themselves and discussing it with the researchers in the field and getting some good feedback on the progress and process. So it’s very useful for us a researchers but it’s also very useful for the growers and the industry at large. This is really the first and best opportunity to see some of those technologies.

That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network. 

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