Cherry expert speaks at growers' meeting

Matthew Whiting will be the featured speaker when Flathead Lake cherry growers gather for the 80th consecutive year next month.

Whiting, of Washington State University, will  discuss high-efficiency orchard architecture, whole-tree physiology, the incorporation of automation and mechanization in fruit production systems, environmental control of fruit quality and pollination biology.

The Flathead Lake Cherry Growers’ co-op sponsors the horticultural meeting,  April 16, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Yellow Bay Community Clubhouse on the east shore of the lake.

Admission is $20, and includes refreshments, lunch and handouts. Barbara Hammons of FLCG says pre-registration is recommended by calling 982-3069, emailing at or sending payment to FLGC, P.O. Box 2409, Bigfork MT 59911.

Whiting is well-known to area cherry growers for his research and expertise in the development of orchards that are productive, precocious, profitable and sustainable.

The 80th meeting will also include updates on governmental regulations and ideas to control bird populations during the cherry harvest.

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