Washington State University and Oregon State University researchers are asking for cherry growers’ help completing a survey of little cherry virus and X-disease phytoplasma impacts. The survey is needed to provide data to build awareness and justify grants, assistance and county funds. 

“If we can accurately estimate the trees and acres removed, we can estimate economic impact, which will be important to convince local and state governments to provide assistance, as well as federal granting agencies,” Tianna DuPont, WSU tree fruit extension specialist, said in a statement.

If you responded to the 2019 survey, please do not include tree removal already reported.

To complete the survey, go to: wsu.qualtrics-little-cherry-impacts-survey. This link assures your survey is anonymous; surveyors are unable to track identifying information of respondents.

You can also go to http://treefruit.wsu.edu/article/x-disease-little-cherry-disease-impact-survey/ to access the survey.

For more information, contact:

—Cody Molnar, WSU Little Cherry ITT Extension: (509) 574-1595 or cody.molnar@wsu.edu.

—Tianna DuPont, WSU Extension: (509) 293-8758 or tianna.dupont@wsu.edu.

—Bernardita Sallato, WSU Extension: (509) 439-8542 or b.sallato@wsu.edu.

—Ashley Thomson, OSU Extension: (541) 296-5494 or Ashley.Thompson@oregonstate.edu.

—Karen Lewis, WSU Extension: (509) 760-2263 or kmlewis@wsu.edu.

—by Jonelle Mejica