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WSU Tree Fruit Protection Guide Available

PULLMAN, Wash. — The 2001 Crop Protection Guide for Tree Fruits in Washington is now available.

The 96-page publication, which is updated annually by Washington State University Cooperative Extension, guides growers of apples, pears, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries, prunes and plums on the use of pesticides, nutrient sprays and other crop protection materials. Sketches of the stages of bud development help growers decide what to use.

Not all pesticides registered for use in Washington are recommended by WSU. “Labels are legal guides,” said Tim Smith, WSU Cooperative Extension, Chelan County. “We provide advice on what works best in our region.”

Smith and other contributors, mostly university personnel, meet once each year to decide what to recommend.

More than 4,500 copies are sold each year. Many are ordered in advance.

Copies can be ordered from the Washington State University Cooperative Extension Bulletins Office by calling 1-800-723-1763. Ask for EB0419. Cost is $5 per copy, plus shipping and handling. Washington residents are charged sales tax.

A free downloadable version can be found at http://pubs.wsu.edu.

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