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National tour shares up-close look at Cosmic Crisp®, WSU hops

WSU Tree Fruit Extension Specialist Karen Lewis shares characteristics of the new WA 38 apple with visitors from a national agriculture departments tour, Oct. 1 at Roza Research Orchard in Prosser, Wash. The tour took in WSU advances in apples and hops.

Developing the next generation of hops and apples, including the much-anticipated Cosmic Crisp® apple, researchers at Washington State University shared the latest advances this month with visitors from state agriculture departments nationwide.

In an Oct. 1 tour at WSU’s Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, Tree Fruit Extension Specialists Karen Lewis and Bernardita Sallato, and hops scientist Doug Walsh welcomed the Communication Officers of State Departments of Agriculture, or COSDA.

Visiting Richland, Wash., for their annual conference, visiting officers got a chance to taste the new WA 38 apple variety, which will be marketed as Cosmic Crisp®, fruit of a 20-year effort at WSU to breed a juicier, better-storing and higher quality apple for the Washington tree fruit industry. They picked fruit right off the tree at Prosser’s Roza Research Orchard.

Tour groups also visited WSU laboratories where Walsh, an Extension entomologist, researches how to make hops better for beer while fighting insect pests.

• Learn more about WSU Tree Fruit research and Extension here.

• Learn more about hop research at Washington State University here.

Walsh, holding a large burlap sack of hops, in a sack-filled workroom.
Doug Walsh, WSU entomologist and hops researcher, displays sacks of hops at a WSU IAREC workroom.
Sallato holding microphone in orchard.
WSU Tree Fruit specialist Bernardita Sallato speaks to growers at the COSDA field tour at WSU’s Roza Orchard
Walsh, left, faces about 25 visitors across the floor of an equipment-filled room.
Doug Walsh leads one of two COSDA tours of the hops research lab and equipment at WSU IAREC, Prosser.