Idaho almonds

University of Idaho pomologist Essie Fallahi  will take part in an upcoming fruit and nut field day at the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center.

Fruit crops look good so far this growing season in southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon.

“In general we are very pleased,” said Pomology Professor Essie Fallahi of the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center. The region has nice crops of cherries, peaches and plums. Peaches so far look good.

“We are hoping not to get pressure from powdery mildew and fire blight,” he said.

Heavy rain in the first half of April and second half of May delayed fruit crops by around eight days compared to a year ago, but have not affected look and quality, Fallahi said.

Despite cooler conditions compared to a year ago, fruit progress could accelerate if recent higher temperatures persist, he said.

UI plans to host its annual Pomology & Viticulture Fruit Field Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6 in Parma.

“This year, in addition to grapes, peaches and apples, we are going to showcase almond, walnut and cherry experiments,” Fallahi said. Nectarines, plums, quince, Asian Pears and other alternative fruits also will be showcased.

Production topics to be covered in the free program include safe use of pesticide and herbicide, chemical and hand thinning, modern orchard systems, and innovative uses of rootstocks and canopy layouts.

Event details are available from Maurine Baucom at 208-791-6228 or

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