Sunday, August 9, 2009

Parma Field Day

Annual Fruit Field Day Sept. 3 at Parma Research and Extension Center

PARMA, Idaho—The University of Idaho’s Parma Research and Extension Center will host its annual Fruit Field Day on Sept. 3, when visitors can see and taste a cornucopia of new varieties being evaluated at the center.

Hosted by fruit physiologist Essie Fallahi, the free tour welcomes everyone with an interest in tree fruit and table grapes—from large, commercial growers to home gardeners. It begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. The field day includes:

• Presentation and sampling of new fruits, including table grapes, peaches, nectarines, apples, quinces, Asian pears and other alternative crops
• Discussion of the potential of growth bio-regulators in fruit crops
• Tour of the center’s comprehensive research in Fuji apples--including irrigation, fertilization, chemical thinning and pesticides—and its peach and nectarine trials
• Visit to its alternative fruit orchard, including quinces, Asian pears, persimmons, jujube, haskaps and mulberries
• Tour of its table grape vineyards, including a new grape-canopy experiment

Participants are encouraged to bring questions about fruit production for the commercial, small-farm and home orchard. Fallahi will discuss such issues as planting, growth regulators, pruning, thinning, girdling, pest control and irrigation.

The Parma Research and Extension Center is located about a mile north of Parma at 29603 U of I Lane. For more information, call (208) 722-6701.

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