Sept. 5 Fruit Field Day at Parma R&E Center Offers Research Updates and Taste Testing

Friday, August 29 2014

PARMA, Idaho – Aug. 29, 2014 – The Sept. 5 annual fruit field day at the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center pomology orchard and vineyard site will offer the latest information on fruit and grape topics tailored to Idaho.

The event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and a program at 9 sharp that will feature reports on tests of new cultivars of table grapes, peaches, nectarines, apples, plums, quince, Asian pears and other fruits.

The orchard and vineyard is 2.6 miles from the main research and extension center. The address is 31727 Parma Rd., Parma, ID 83660.

Tables laden with grapes, peaches, nectarines and other fruits will allow participants to taste test for themselves the research results. Several fruit-industry companies will also have booths at the field day.

The pomology and viticulture program’s annual field day at the Parma Research and Extension draws several hundred participants each year to hear and see the latest research by UI pomologist Essie Fallahi and his team.

Establishing the first Fuji apple test orchard, pioneering wine grape and table grape research and testing new orchard production methods from blossom thinning to high density plantings are among Fallahi’s accomplishments at Parma.

Topics for the Friday, Sept. 5, field day will include reports on Fuji apple irrigation, fruit tree nutrition, chemical thinning and pesticide uses.

Other topics will include super high-density apple orchard trials, mechanization for stress evaluation and tree/vine training to reduce labor, stone fruit selection trials, national apple rootstock selection research, alternative fruit crops, peach and pluot research, and table grape vineyard research.

Fallahi will discuss cultural practices for fruit crops ranging from planting and the range of production methods.

Fallahi joined the UI faculty in 1989. In 2012 he received the American Society for Horticultural Science outstanding international horticulturist award.

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