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The 73rd annual Cherry Institute begins January 15 at the Yakima Convention Center with an update on the Cherry Breeding Program at Washington State University by Dena Ybarra of Perleberg Orchards.

Yakima Convention Center (TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower)

The Cherry Institute meets at the Yakima Convention Center (TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower)

Other presentations that day include: Observations on the Newest Cherry Breeding Materials by Dr. Ines Hanrahan of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission; Sweet Cherry Horticulture by Dr. Matt Whiting of WSU-IAREC; an overview of the 2015 cherry season by B.J. Thurlby of the Washington State Fruit Commission; evolving dynamics of cherry marketing by James Michael and Keith Hu of Northwest Cherry Growers; and Preharvest Water Management on Cherry Fruit Quality and Tree Health by Nadia Valverdi of WSU-IAREC.

The luncheon speaker is comedian John Keister of Seattle, former host of KING-TV’s “Almost Live” program.

The afternoon sessions include: a grower panel on precision horticulture and cherry tree stress management, moderated by Matt Whiting; food safety regulations affecting cherry producers by Kate Woods of the Northwest Horticultural Council; UAV applications in cherries by Dr. Lav Khot of WSU-IAREC; detecting and managing Little Cherry Virus by Dr. Andrea Bixby-Brosi of WSU Tree Fruit Extension & Research Center; and emerging status and management of Brown Marmorated Stinkbug in the Pacific Northwest by Dr. Mike Bush and Gwen Hoheisel of WSU Extension.

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