Washington State University (WSU), the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission(WTFRC) and Washington State Horticultural Association (WSHA) are teaming up to present you with an opportunity to learn more about the horticultural practices and postharvest handling of the increasingly popular apple…the Honeycrisp. This educational opportunity will offer three events which will follow this apple through production, harvest and storage. Those who wish to attend will have a choice of three orchard locations: Royal City, Yakima and Brewster for the first two events.
Event 1: Summer Field Day: decisions made on establishment, production, irrigation, etc.
June 11 – Royal City
June 13 – Yakima
June 18 -- Brewster
Event 2: Pre-Harvest Field Day will return to the same locations in September during harvest.
September 10 – Royal City
September 12 – Yakima
September 17 -- Brewster
Event 3: Post-Harvest Meeting will be a full day event that will take place December 5th following the WSHA Hort Convention in Wenatchee.
More information and registration for the fruit school will officially be open on May 20th. Stay tuned!
The Port of Seattle held an Export Roundtable to meet with the fruit industry April 24th in Wenatchee. The port has a 25 year vision of increasing imports and exports thru the Port of Seattle. It was a good opportunity for industry leaders and growers to express issues and difficulties with exports. The number of acres is growing and the amount of fruit to sell is only going to increase . Efficiency at the port is crucial for the future of increased exporting for the tree fruit industry.
Please send your current information to Joanne Thomas, WSHA Administrative Assistant. WSHA is looking towards electronic invoicing for those who wish to go paperless. We want to ensure that our members are receiving all our information that we release throughout the year. Please email
or call (509) 665-9641.
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Nicole Brunner, WSHA Membership Director & GRAS2P Coordinator traveled to Yakima earlier this week to attend the NW Hort Council's annual meeting. Chris Schlect awarded Eric A. Strutzel in Recognition of his Dedicated Service as Chairman of the Pacific Northwest Food Safety Committee 2007-2011. (pictured left to right: Chris Schlect, Eric Strutzel, Deborah Carter)
The WSHA Board of Directors voted and the 2014 Annual Meeting and Hort Expo will be held at the Tree Rivers Convention Center and the Town Toyota Center in Kennewick. "The Tri Cities region is known for its rich and abundant agricultural industry and to host this prestigious even is an honor. Not only will this event bring in educational opportunities and the latest techniques to our local growers; it will also attract 1,500 visiting tree fruit growers from throughout the state," stated Kris Watkins, President and CEO of the Tri Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau. The feedback of this new addition has been very positive! There have been requests for years from members to add Tri Cities into the rotation. Our core function of education will not change; we will bring the same enthusiasm and quality of convention to the Tri Cities as we have for the past 109 years to Wenatchee and Yakima. We hope to see you all there!
KEEPING THE WASHINGTON TREE FRUIT INDUSTRY INFORMED SINCE 1904