U-Idaho Parma Fruit Field Day Sept. 14 Shifts to Pomology Orchard and Vineyard

Friday, September 7 2012

PARMA, Idaho – The annual University of Idaho Parma Fruit Field Day planned Friday, Sept. 14 will shift entirely to the Pomology Orchard and Vineyard this year. In past years the day began at the Parma Research and Extension Center’s headquarters.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the program begins at 9 a.m. sharp at the Pomology Orchard and Vineyard site, which is located about 2.6 miles from the center’s headquarters.

The tour will offer tastes of many of the grapes, peaches, nectarines and other fruits that researcher Essie Fallahi’s work produces. The field day typically draws scores of fruit growers and gardeners to the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences center each summer.

Fallahi will review his research on fruit research, production methods and orchard mechanization, including a modern super high-density apple orchard that features new architectures and rootstocks.

A 23-year member of the college’s faculty, Fallahi serves as professor and research director of the pomology program at Parma. The American Society for Horticultural Science honored him in July with its Outstanding Horticulturist Award.

The award recognized Fallahi’s work in the United States and worldwide to help fruit growers reduce irrigation needs, chemical thinning, rootstock efficiency, cultivar development and post-harvest storage.

The tour will continue until 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Lunch will be for sale in the orchard as the tour concludes.

Fruits discussed will include new table grapes, peaches, pluots, nectarines, apples, plums, quince, Asian pears and other alternative fruits.

The orchard also includes comprehensive research on Fuji apple irrigation, fruit nutrition, chemical thinning and pesticide applications. National apple rootstock selection research is also conducted in the orchard.

A popular focus will also be table grape research, including new grape canopy work.
Several fruit industry businesses will staff booths at the orchard during the event.

For crop advisers and others, two pesticide credits will be offered to those who attend the entire field day. Further information is available by calling (208) 722-6701, ext. 228, or Fallahi at (208) 722-6701, ext. 225, or by emailing maurineb@uidaho.edu.