Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Soils and Tree Fruit Nutrition at WSU-TFREC
The Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center of WSU in Wenatchee has a long tradition of research in soil science and tree fruit nutrition. WSU-TFREC has been the leader into studies on the effects of lead and arsenic contamination from historic and widespread use of lead arsenate for codling moth control; replant disorder arising from a complex of pathogens, which builds up in commercial orchard soils; and fruit disorders created by nutrition imbalances.
Currently, WSU-TFREC has no assigned faculty in soil science. However, Dr. Lee Kalcsits, plant physiologist; and David Granatstein, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist; conduct activities in soils and nutrition. Dr. Frank Peryea is soil scientist emeritus. Dr. Joan Davenport, formerly at WSU-TFREC, is now located at the WSU-Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser.
Most of the information currently on this website was compiled by Dr. Jennifer Moore-Kucera, now at Texas Tech University.
About this site
Most of the material published on this website is more or less archived. Information will be transferred to treefruit.wsu.edu.
The information presented here is organized into four parts:
- Soil Properties
- Tree Fruit Nutrition
- Lead and Arsenic Contamination
- Soil and Fertilizers (outline of a presentation for Master Gardeners)
Other pages and links
- References used for web pages
- Washington State Soil Atlas
- Organic & Integrated Tree Fruit Production
- and more links