Thank you for visiting the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission’s website. We support applied science to improve the financial and ecological sustainability of Washington’s tree fruit industry through innovative horticulture, pest and disease management, postharvest programs, and development of new technologies which efficiently deliver premium quality fruit to consumers.
Below is a list of upcoming industry events of note:
Postharvest Fruit School
Date: March 20-22, 2018
Location: Wenatchee and Prosser, WA
Crop specific issues
COST: Workshop: $130, Tour:$90, Dinner: $50
For questions: contact Postharvest Fruit School contact Ines Hanrahan 509-669-0267 or
WORKER PROTECTION STANDARD TRAIN-THE-TRAINER COURSES-
The Washington State Tree Fruit Association, in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, will hold a Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Train-the-Trainer course on March 29th and 30th in Sunnyside and April 12th and 13th in Moses Lake.
Available in both Spanish and English in Moses Lake and only available in English in Sunnyside, these day and a half long programs provide farm trainers with the skills to effectively deliver pesticide safety training for pesticide handlers and agricultural workers as mandated by WPS regulations. Participants who successfully complete the mock training at the end of the workshop will become WSDA Certified Trainers and will be qualified to issue WPS worker and handler training verification cards. Nine credits are offered for licensed individuals. Participants are required to first attend a WSDA WPS Handler Training OR have a pesticide applicator license before signing up for this course.
Full payment of the registration fee must be made at the time of registration. The Registration fee is non-refundable.
PRODUCE SAFETY ALLIANCE GROWER TRAINING-
The Washington State Tree Fruit Association will hold a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training course on April 26th in Wenatchee at the Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Center Way, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This one-day class fulfills the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement for Produce Growers outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires “At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.” The course will be led by a trainer that has attended the PSA lead trainer training, and holds the Produce Safety Alliance Lead Trainer Certificate.
This training will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.
WSU Extension Irrigated Agriculture
To view the list of all WSU Extension events, click on the link below:
Since 2011, the WTFRC has conducted studies in apple and cherry to generate pesticide residue data for commonly used insecticides and fungicides to help Washington growers make more informed choices about their spray programs. The WTFRC Internal Program recently compiled results from the past 6 years which includes all insecticides/acaricides and fungicides reviewed over the course of this study. The results are available below, as well as similar reports from previous years on apple and cherry.
2017 WTFRC Apple Residue Study
2016 WTFRC Apple Residue Study
2015 WTFRC Apple Residue Study
2011-2014 WTFRC Apple Residue Summary
2014 WTFRC Apple Residue Study
2013 WTFRC Apple Residue Study
2012 WTFRC Apple Residue Study
2011 WTFRC Apple Residue Study
2017 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2016 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2015 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2012-2014 WTFRC Cherry Residue Summary
2014 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2013 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2012 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2011 WTFRC Cherry Residue Study
2011 Univ. California Extension Cherry Residue Study
The latest edition of "Fruit Matters", is now available. This monthly newsletter is a product of the Tree Fruit Extension team which is comprised of members from WSU and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission whose goal is to share timely information with the tree fruit community.