Oregon State University hosts field day tours on Aug. 8, 2013 during the centennial celebration at the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hood River Ore.

Dr. Todd Einhorn, research horticulturist with Oregon State University. (TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower file photo)

Dr. Todd Einhorn, research horticulturist with Oregon State University in Hood River, will present a free seminar on “Profitable Pears” at the Victoria Department of Environment and Primary Industries at Tatura, Australia, on March 14.

The seminar will begin at 2:45 p.m. with afternoon tea and will be followed by an orchard walk in the DEPI pear field laboratory where studies are underway on irrigation management and planting systems and rootstocks for new pear selections bred by the Australian National Pear Breeding Program.

Einhorn has conducted research on pear rootstocks, new pear selections, and the effects of bioregulators and root pruning on vigor and fruit set of pear trees. His visit to Australia is funded by the DEPI Visiting Fellows project.

For more information check the Web site www.depi.vic.gov.au