2017 Annual Conference- Conference Program

Save the date for the IFTA 60th Annual Conference in Wenatchee, WA

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Monday Feb 20                 Orchard Tours   All Day   
Wenatchee, Brewster

Tuesday Feb 21                 Session I               8:00 – 12:00 
Tim Welsh, IFTA President

8:15 – 9:00      Wally Heuser Presidential Lecture
Roland Fumasi, Rabobank

9:05 – 9:35      Nursery Variety Trends
Neal Manly, Willow Drive Nursery/Regal Fruit

9:35-9:55         Break 

9:55-10:15      What Root? : NC 140.
Dr. Essie Fallahi, University of Idaho

10:20–10:35    What Root? : WA State Trials.
Tom Auvil, WA Tree Fruit Research Commission

10:40-11:10     What System?
Craig Hornblow, Ag First, Nelson, New Zealand

11:15-11:35     What Tree?
Jen Baugher, Adams County Nursery

11:40-12:15     What about Grafting?
Dale Goldy, Stemilt Ag Services, Wenatchee, WA. 

Tuesday Feb 21                       Session II         1:30 – 5:00

1:30-1:45         IFTA Business Meeting         

1:50-2:25         Trellis Engineering
Dr. Mark De Kleine and Paul Booker

2:30-3:00         Orchard Netting
Craig Hornblow
Steve Kuhn, Wilson Orchard Supply

3:00-4:00         Developing the Tree Architecture  
Dr. Stuart Tustin
Craig Hornblow 
Dr. Stefano Musacchi

4:00-4:15         Break

4:15-4:35         The Recommended Diet for Growing the Tree
Dan Griffith, GS Long
Pete Sackett, Wilbur Ellis

4:35-5:00         Plant Growth Regulators
Phil Schwallier

Wed Feb 22 Orchard Tour                      All Day         

Mattawa and Royal Slope

Thursday Feb 23                     Session III        8:00 – 11:45   
8:00-8:10         Session Open

8:10-9:00         Carlson Lecture
Dr. Stuart Tustin, New Zealand Plant and Food

9:05-9:30         Flower and Fruiting
Dr. Matthew Whiting, Washington State University

9:35-10:00     Improving the Pollination Environment
Dr. Tim Lawrence, Washington State University

10:05-10:20     Modeling Honeybee Foraging to Improve Tree Fruit Pollination
Dr. Vincent Jones, Washington State University

10:20-10:40         Break

10:40-11:30       Finding Balance between Cropload and Fruit Quality 
Dr. Jim McFerson, Washington State University (Panel Moderator)  
Justin Finkler, Riveridge Produce, Sparta, MI.,
Dale Goldy, Stemilt Ag Services, Wenatchee, WA.,
Peter Eisses, Breeze-Way Acres, Centreville, Nova Scotia

11:30-12:00     Optimizing Abiotic Stress to Increase Fruit Quality and Productivity
Dr. Lee Kalcsits, Washington State University

Thursday Feb 23                     Session IV       1:00 – 4:00      Ines Hanrahan

1:20-1:40         Basics of Fruit Ripening
Dr. Jim Mattheis, USDA ARS

1:45-2:05         Fruit Quality Determination Done Correctly
Dr. Bill Wolk 

2:10-2:45         New Instruments Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion – Dr. Ines Hanrahan, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission – Moderator
Titratable Acidity – Dr. Rob Blakey, Washington State University
Felix – Stefan Roeder, Washington State University
DA Meter and DNC - Dr. Sara Serra, Washington State University

2:45-3:00         Break

3:15-3:30         Horticulture for Robotics
Rod Farrow, Lamont Farms

3:30-4:00         Robotic Harvest Update
Dan Steere, Abundant Robotics CEO. 

4:00-4:30         Robotic Harvest Update
Avi Kahani, FFMH-Tech – CEO

4:30-5:00         Meeting Wrap Up
Rod Farrow, IFTA Incoming President


*Speakers, topics and times subject to change.

Schedule at a Glance


Educational Program: From Bud to Bin

  • Sun Feb 19 – Opening Reception including WA Industry PPT
  • Mon Feb 20 – Orchard Tours
  • Tues Feb 21 – Session I and II - Establishment and growing the tree
  • Weds Feb 22 – Orchard Tours
  • Thurs Feb 23 – Sessions III and IV – Growing and harvesting the fruit