Good attendance and obvious enthusiasm is evident in photos taken at the W-3008 annual meeting on Nov. 13 in Kennewick, WA.
The shots came to us from Kerrick Bauman of L&L Ag Production in Connell, WA, who passed them along from Lindsey J. du Toit, Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist in the Department of Plant Pathology at Washington State University in Mount Vernon.
This year’s W-3008 Multistate Research Project: Integrated Onion Pest and Disease Management Annual Meeting brought together scientists and allied industry members from coast to coast who meet annually to discuss issues affecting onion production in this country.
The group lists its objectives as evaluating onion germplasm for resistance; investigating biology, ecology and management of onion thrips and other pests; investigating biology, epidemiology and management of onion plant pathogens; facilitating discussion among participants and industry stakeholders to advance pest and disease management in onions. Participants include both public and private researchers as well as extension pros, onion growers, consultants and seed industry folks, all of whom “have formed productive collaborations and are leaders in onion production, storage, breeding, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, virology and microbiology.”
In addition to the W-3008, which preceded the Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association’s Conference held Nov. 15 and 16 at the Three Rivers Conference Center in Kennewick, there was also a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course on Nov. 13.