Spanish-language fruit management classes come to Wenatchee

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WENATCHEE — An afternoon of Spanish-language classes for fruit growers and orchard employees is scheduled for Jan. 15 at the Wenatchee Convention Center, 121 N. Wenatchee Ave. “Manejo de Frutales” (“Fruit Management”) is sponsored by the Washington State University Extension program and is part of the extension service’s winter tree fruit education program.

Classes are from 1 to 4 p.m. and admission is free. People who attend the session are eligible for two pesticide education recertification credits.

Many orchard owners and managers are Spanish speakers, and continuing education classes in Spanish are important, said Karen Lewis, tree fruit production specialist for WSU-Grant/Adams County Extension. “There’s a huge pent-up need for employee education, and employee education in Spanish.”

The afternoon is broken into two segments, one on horticulture and the second on managing pests and diseases.

Bernardita Sallato with WSU Extension will discuss irrigation and improving irrigation techniques at 1 p.m. The second horticulture presentation is at 1:30 p.m. and will review some of the characteristics of various apple varieties, including WA 38, Honeycrisp, Fuji and Granny Smith. The speakers are Nadia Valverdi, Raquel Gomez and Lee Kalcsits, all part of WSU’s horticulture education program.

Kay Lorenz of Blue Bird, Inc. will talk about managing codling moth at 2:10 p.m. Identifying and managing apple powdery mildew is the subject at 2:30 p.m.; Lederson Ganan Betancur of WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension, Wenatchee, is the speaker.

Ali Luis Lorenz will talk about pesticide safety at 3 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. Tianna DuPont will discuss preventing and controlling fire blight.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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