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Washington State University and Cascadia Conservation District are inviting pear growers to apply to be part of a demonstration project looking into ways to increase fruit quality and improve irrigation efficiency.

If selected, participants will receive up to $10,000 in cost share for irrigation system improvements in a selected block (supplies only no labor). Participants will be chosen based on several factors, including a history of a production challenges likely associated with irrigation and suitability of the block in illustrating one of the common irrigation challenges identified in pears. The priority watersheds in the project include Wenatchee and Entiat.

Applications are due by June 11 and are available at treefruit.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/irrigation-project-application-2018.05.12-1.pdf. Funding for this project is provided in part by the Tree Fruit Research Commission Fresh Pear Committee and Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

For more information, contact Tianna DuPont with WSU Extension at tianna.dupont@wsu.edu or Mary Sutton Carruthers with Cascadia Conservation District at marysuttonc@cascadiaCD.org