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Soil and Land Resources

A Bachelor of Science in Entomology prepares you to for a career in agriculture, health care and the pharmaceutical industry.

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University of Idaho
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University of Idaho
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Parma's Fruit Day Slideshow

A bright, warm September morning and a fruit free for all made hundreds of participants instant fans of the Parma Research and Extension Center's pomology program.

Research professor of pomology Essie Fallahi's annual presentation of research to the public drew more than 300 registered participants, although a media outlet estimated the turnout closer to 700.

Tables loaded with some 4,000 pounds of fresh peaches, nectarines and table grapes provided a spectacle of possibilities. Nearby in a parking lot, 150 fruit boxes, each holding 35 pounds of peaches and nectarines, offered larger samples than the tables could hold.

At the end of his discussion about research and variety development, Fallahi unleashed the multitude on the tables where participants young and old gathered samples into bags and boxes to take home.

Within half an hour, the crowd picked the tables clean and Fallahi called together participants for the final portion of the tour: a trip to the orchards on a nearby ridge.

In the orchards, Fallahi showed off a new trellis system that promises to grow apples more efficiently. The next stops were rows of peach and nectarine trees representing 160 varieties. He asked the crowd to resist picking fruits from the trees so they didn't interfere with yield and fruit quality studies.

Fallahi again asked tour goers to resist temptation during the next phase of the tour, a transit through an innovative tunnel system for table grape production. Plate-sized bunches of grapes hung under the cool canopy of vines.

The Parma Research and Extension Center's focus on table grapes explores a promising new crop that can complement table grape production in California by extending the season for U.S. grown produce.

Fallahi also led tour goers to an experimental apple planting where 1,500 Aztec Fuji trees fill each acre. The variety is a promising new addition to the 110 varieties the Parma center has tested. The planting technique promises to reduce labor costs through the use of hydraulic lifts, similar to one demonstrated during the earlier demonstration.

The Parma orchards also hold a planting of apple rootstocks as part of a national evaluation to help growers choose the best for their climates.

During the past year, the center attracted three specialty crop grants focused on table grapes, apple production and peach and nectarine variety research that total $275,000.