Feb 23, 2022
Effects of summer heat event on PNW tree fruit session topic

The Okanagan Horticultural Advisor’s Group and British Columbia (BC) Fruit Growers’ Association are sponsoring an upcoming seminar and discussion series  “Feeling the Heat: Effects of the Summer Heat Event on Tree Fruit in the Pacific Northwest (PNW).

Join a morning session of talks by research experts from British Columbia, Oregon and Washington state related to tree fruit production, fruit quality and the heat event that affected the Pacific Northwest recently. Following this in the afternoon is a panel discussion on impacts by prominent growers and packers, who will discuss what they saw from their perspectives, and then engage in discussion groups on encouraging and influencing direction of future collaboration throughout the Pacific Northwest for tree fruit adaptation to a changing climate!

This event is designed so that you can attend all of the seminar talks, panel discussion, or discussion portion, or any combination of those that interest you.

Hosted by: Okanagan Horticultural Advisor’s Group

Sponsored by: BC Fruits Growers’ Association

Co-organized by: Okanagan Horticultural Advisor’s Group, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Foods and Fisheries, Oregon State University, Washington State University, Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission

The online event will be held Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (PST), 1 p.m.-7 p.m. (EST). The event is free. Pre- registration is required.

Register here.

Feeling the Heat Symposium


Morning session –10 AM to 12 PM

10:00    Welcome
10:05    Faron Anslow, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, BC
10:20    Changing sunburn risk with warming and management options
Kirti Rajagopalan, WSU
10:35    Short-term and long-term strategies to limit sunburn damage in apple
Lee Kalcsits, WSU
10:50    2021 research update from Summerland Research and Development
Centre -heat impacts on tree fruit – Hao Xu, Kirsten Hannam,
Jesse Macdonald
, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, BC
11:05    Seasonal hot climate and its effect on fruit quality postharvest
 Carolina Torres, WSU
11:20    Effects of Extreme Heat on Sweet Cherry Development
Kelsey Galimba, OSU
11:35    Matt Whiting, WSU
11:50    Adjourn Morning Session

Afternoon session – 1 PM to 4:00 PM

1:00     Welcome
1:05     Grower Panel Discussion
1:45     Packer Panel Discussion
2:25     BREAK
2:40     Breakout Room Discussions and Report Out
3:35     Post-symposium survey
3:45     Summary & Recognition
4:00     Adjourn

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