May 30, 2022
WSU sets 2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup Summer Series

Washington State University Tree Fruit Extension has scheduled its 2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup Summer Series with dates in June and July. This year’s theme is “Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.”

In 2021, WSU Tree Fruit Extension launched the Honeycrisp Virtual Meetups, a series of four webinars connecting industry members across North America, which included over 20 specialists and 1000 participants. Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback, a second season will be offered this summer.

Webinars will showcase growers and other specialists leading the development of these aspects of the industry. Attendees will hear about their experiences managing the current challenges and participating in novel solutions.

Whether you are a fruit grower with ample experience in labor and technology, one that has modest experience, or one that is just getting started, the Virtual Orchard Meetups will be the right setting for you to ask questions and find the right technical information based on the most recent science and experiences.

Webinars will be conducted live on Thursdays at 4 p.m. (PST)/7 p.m. (EST). The format will be an open discussion and in a very inclusive virtual format. Each webinar will last 90 minutes. The program is free of charge.

See the schedule:

June 16 — Labor: Specialist Panel
June 30 — Technology: Grower Experiences
July 14 — Technology: Specialist Panel

To register, visit

This extension effort is being conducted across North America in close collaboration with the International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA), the AI Institute for Transforming Workforce & Decision Support AgAID, and Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture (CIDA).


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