Hot topics at Cherry Institute
The annual Cherry Institute meeting is scheduled for January 14 in Yakima.
Spotted wing drosophila pupa emerging from a cherry.
Elizabeth Beers, WSU
An update on the new pest, spotted wing drosophila, by Washington State University entomologist Dr. Elizabeth Beers is on the agenda for the Cherry Institute annual meeting in Yakima, Washington, on January 14.
Highlights of the program include harvest timing, cherry research, little cherry virus, mechanization and automation, labor issues, projecting migrant farm worker housing needs, and a 2010 season marketing overview. A panel of growers will discuss the Upright Fruiting Offshoots training system.
Elections will be held for positions on the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee, the Washington Growers Clearing House Association board, and the Washington State Fruit Commission Board.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Yakima Convention Center. Registration costs $25 for the lunch and meeting, $15 for the meeting only, and $15 for the lunch only. The lunch program will include the crowning of the cherry king.