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Scientists and science educators in the Wenatchee Valley have been gathering for the past few years for weekly seminars to catalyze the development of an engaged regional scientific community. Each series features the research of local scientists and invited guest speakers.

This year’s events are held at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, and are open to the public. Join us for this great opportunity to learn about the incredible research in our own backyard. Prior registration is not required to attend these events.

This project is supported by a grant from Our Valley Our Future. Other supporters include: NCESD, Apple STEM Network, Washington State University, The Bridge, Wenatchee Valley College, and USDA.

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The influence of mechanical hedging and root pruning in tall spindle ‘Brak Fuji’ apple trees

Presented by Thiago de Botton Campbell, Graduate Student, Washington State University

Commercial apple orchards have recently been adopting hedging as an alternative, or supplement, to hand pruning. With rising labor costs across the United States, alternatives to hand pruning and current training systems require consideration. One management strategy is the transition from a tall spindle tree training system to a narrow tree wall, facilitating some worker-related aspects of apple tree production such as pruning, harvesting, and fruit thinning.

Automated fieldwork has become increasingly popular, but how effective are these methods and what impacts do mechanical hedging and root pruning have on apple trees grown in a high-density orchard? This seminar will highlight some of the research investigating this at the Pennsylvania State University.

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The seminar presentations are intended for a ‘science-based’ audience, including researchers, postdoctoral scientists, teachers, graduate students, undergraduate scientists, and science enthusiasts.

K-12 educators are also encouraged to attend the seminar series to learn about local career connections and research efforts that they can bring back to their students. Clock hours are available through the North Central Educational Service District for attending the series.

Date & Time

Wednesday, February 1
4:00pm – 5:00pm


WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center
1100 N Western Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801

Registration Price


Clock Hours

1 Clock Hours Available for Purchase

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