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Summary of the 2016 Western Washington Small Fruit Field Day

Volume 5 Issue 10

Carter DeGraw (Summer Research Assistant), Sean Watkinson (Technician), and Lisa W. DeVetter (Assistant Professor, Small Fruit Horticulture)
Washington State University (WSU) Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center

Compiled by Lisa. W. DeVetter (WSU Assistant Professor, Small Fruit Horticulture) and Chris Benedict (WSU Extension Educator, Whatcom County).

Figure 1. Dr. Jerry Weiland demonstrated and compares tarping wersus soil packing and non-tarping in his mock fumigation system.

On Sept. 1, 2016, Washington State University hosted their annual Western Washington Small Fruit Field Day at one of the raspberry fields owned by Maberry Packing, LLC.  Topics covered include: updates on fumigation trials, assessments of fungicide resistance development in Phytophthora rubi, information on cover crops for reducing root lesion nematode (Pratylenchus penetrans; RLN) populations in red raspberry, how cover crops and organic amendments can promote physical elements of soil health, brassica seed meal as an alternative to soil fumigation, how to predict mummy berry (Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi) growth and development for improved management, and a review of weevil biology and management.  T

The following articles (see links below) are summaries of each topic discussed at the field day o that this information can be accessed by those unable to attend.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Lisa DeVetter at or Chris Benedict at Readers are also encouraged to directly contact the speakers for specific questions related to their presentation and research.