Local orchard visits planned for WSU Cherry Field Day on June 4

PROSSER, Wash. — The 2012 Washington State University Cherry Field Day is slated for June 4. The field day will kick off with a BBQ lunch starting at noon in the picnic area at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser.

The afternoon’s program will consist of a tour of the WSU Roza Experimental Orchards. Topics of discussion will include: Washington-Oregon cherry breeding program updates; UFO plantings and training systems; observations from the Michigan State University rootstock trial; a demonstration of shake-and-catch harvest technology; a solid-set-canopy delivery system demonstration; and a demonstration of a labor monitoring system.

The afternoon will conclude with visit to two or three local orchards.

A detailed agenda is available at http://bit.ly/cherryfd2012.