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U of I Parma Fruit Field Day Sept. 6 Honors Pomologist Essie Fallahi’s Work

September 03, 2019

PARMA, Idaho — Aug. 30, 2019 — The University of Idaho Parma Fruit Field Day will be a little sweeter this year for its founder and emcee, pomology Professor Essie Fallahi.

The event Friday, Sept. 6, showcases Fallahi’s work with apples, table grapes, peaches, nectarines, plums, quince, Asian pears and other fruits. Visitors by the hundreds flock to the annual event to taste the fruits of his labors.

This year, visitors can also congratulate Fallahi on receiving the American Pomological Society’s highest honor, the Wilder Medal, at the group’s meeting in July.

The fruit field day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the U of I Pomology Research Orchards and Vineyards at 31727 Parma Road, Parma. The event is free.

The orchard and vineyard are located about four miles from U of I’s Parma Research and Extension Center.

In Idaho, Fallahi’s pomology and viticulture program tests fruit varieties and growing methods. He helped pioneer the region’s new table grape industry that is rapidly growing in economic importance.

This year’s field day will review work on irrigating and growing Fuji and Honeycrisp apples and on selecting cherry rootstocks and canopy architectures for modern pedestrian orchards.

Other topics will include fruit nutrition, chemical applications by irrigation, pesticide safety, and chemical- and hand-thinning methods. Fallahi also will discuss almond and walnut research and their potential as major commercial crops.

Pesticide applicators can receive two pesticide education credits for attending the field day.

More information about the program is available by contacting the U of I College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Parma Research and Extension Center office at 208-722-6701 or

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