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The University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center will host its annual Fruit Field Day and tour from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Sept. 7.
Scheduled tours of research orchards will feature several cultivars of new table grapes, peaches, nectarines, apples, plums, quince, Asian pears and other alternative fruits. Among planned discussion topics are fruit research and production, and orchard mechanization.
Participants can tour the university’s comprehensive project sites focused on Fuji apple irrigation, fruit nutrition, chemical thinning and pesticide use. Other scheduled tour stops include a super-high-density apple orchard with new architectures and rootstocks; stone fruit research orchards and selections; plantings of alternative fruits like quince, almonds, walnuts, Asian pears, jujube and haskaps; a national apple rootstock research site; table grape vineyards; new grape canopy research and a national cherry rootstock and training project.
“We have had a good year for most of the crops,” said Essie Fallahi, UI pomology program director. Favorable weather and water conditions, and manageable levels of pests and diseases, helped fruit crops in southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon.
Participants always can see something new at Fruit Field Day because they can evaluate new projects or the progress of the many long-term projects in the research plots, he said.
Irrigation, pest and disease control, and various cultural practices will be discussed.
Fruit Field Day, held for more than a decade, traditionally draws commercial, small-scale and alternative fruit growers; fruit industry representatives; horticultural professionals and graduate students; university extension educators and research staff; horticultural hobbyists; and home and master gardeners.
Tour information and pesticide-credit detail: 208/722-6701 ext. 16228.