U of I Parma Pomology Program Sponsors Fruit Field Day Sept. 7
September 06, 2018
Visitors who spend Friday morning, Sept. 7, at the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center’s Pomology Orchard and Vineyard will learn by tasting the fruits of summer now heavy on the bough and vine.
The Pomology Program Annual Fruit Field Day typically draws hundreds to learn about new pomology practices, sample table grapes, peaches, nectarines, apples, plums, quince, Asian pears and alternative fruits.
The field day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration. Presentations will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and finish at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Ranging from commercial fruit growers to backyard gardeners, the visitors hear reports on fruit research and production, orchard mechanization and explore fruit businesses’ commercial booths.
Program highlights will include work on best rootstocks for apples, peaches and nectarines most suitable for Idaho, ways to reduce bitter pit and increase fruit quality in Honeycrisp apples and most appropriate alternative fruits for Idaho.
Presentations also will focus on table grapes including new canopy research that helped create a promising new market for Idaho vineyard operators. Presenters will review studies on Fuji apple irrigation, fruit nutrition, chemical thinning and pesticide uses. Visitors will also tour the national apple rootstock selection research project.
Other sessions will visit stone fruit selection orchards and explore alternative crops including quince, almonds, walnuts, jujube and haskaps.
The pomology orchard and vineyard is located at 31727 Parma Road, 2.2 miles from the Parma Research and Extension Center. Participants can qualify for two pesticide education credits by attending the entire field day.
Pomology program director
Parma Research and Extension Center
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