Washington State Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center is sponsoring a conference in March on organic pest and disease management.

The two-day sessions are in three locations from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

The locations are: Wenatchee (primary)
Confluence Technology Center,
285 Technology Center Way, #102,
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Prosser (via satellite)
Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center,
2140 Wine Country Rd,
Prosser, WA 99350

Omak (via satellite)
Havillah Road Business Center,
208 S Main St.,
Omak, WA 98841

Here’s the news release:

Washington leads the nation in organic fruit production.  Join us to delve deep into the ecology, biology and tools wsu logofor successful organic orchard pest and disease management. This two-day school will include in-depth presentations from science experts, panel discussions with industry leaders, hands on activities, problem solving case studies and an opportunity to network with your peers.  For agendas and additional information visit: treefruit.wsu.edu/events. Pesticide update credits will be awarded for program attendance. Co sponsored by WSU Extension and the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides.


Topics include:

  • Key Natural Enemies: Life Histories and Pests Controlled, Conserving Beneficials through Habitat Modification
  • Augmenting Natural Enemies
  • An effective IPM toolbox
  • Apple Codling Moth & Leaf Roller
  • Woolly Apple Aphid
  • SWD & Cherry Fruit Fly
  • Pear Psylla & Mites
  • Minor Pests
  • Managing Postharvest Diseases of Apple and Pear in the Field
  • Fire Blight Biology and Cultural Controls
  • In Season Fire Blight Management Programs that Work
  • Apple & Cherry Powdery Mildew Programs
  • Viruses: Little Cherry/ Western X & More

Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited. The registration fee is $150 which includes lunch, materials,  lectures, demonstrations, discussion, and reference information. To register visit:  treefruit.wsu.edu/events or call Prosser Extension 509-786-5609. For additional questions contact tianna.dupont@wsu.edu

The sponsors are Washington Tree Fruit Research Association; North Central Washington Fieldman’s Association; Certis, USA; G.S. Long  Co.; US Department of Agriculture.

Pesticide update credits will be awarded for program attendance.