Washington State University tree fruit extension announced two field days dedicated to vector management for X disease phytoplasma. The events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 5 at Stemilt Growers in East Wenatchee and on Oct. 8 at the WSU Roza Orchard in Prosser. 

Invited speakers are Tobin Northfield, Louie Nottingham, Tianna DuPont and Bernardita Sallato. Topics include:

—Host plant feeding and oviposition by leafhoppers (and the role of groundcover).

—Extenday/Surround field trials. 

—DVAC demonstration for how to quickly collect large amounts of insects. 

—Insecticide trial findings.

—A quick reminder on tree removal for the successful management of little cherry disease. 

—Update on replanting project.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. 

To register for the East Wenatchee field day on Oct. 5, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/x-disease-phytoplasma-vector-management-field-day-north-tickets-178250180087.

To register for the Prosser field day on Oct. 8, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/x-disease-phytoplasma-vector-management-field-day-south-tickets-178267622257.

For more information, contact Corina Serban by phone at 509-470-1169 or by email at corina.serban@wsu.edu. 

by Jonelle Mejica