Welcome to the “Postharvest Export” website. Contents found on this website will be transitioning over to the WSU Tree Fruit website.
The original website was built in 2003 as part of USDA FAS project aimed at helping the industry better identify the defects and damage found when sampling cull fruit. Over the years more diverse information was added for lack of a better place to present it. The site became the primary source of information about key apple export market requirements, such as the Taiwan Systems Approach Work Plan. The site you are on now was later created to house the most important information from the older site. Much of this content will be moved to the WSU Tree Fruit website under the Postharvest section. This site will no longer be updated as it is transitioned over to the Tree Fruit site.
There are several annual training opportunities for tree fruit field and packing house technicians on how to evaluate fruit for export shipments. The most notable events include the annual stone fruit cutter training in May and the Taiwan field/bin sample and cull cutter training offered in August. For full descriptions of these and other events please visit the Training Events page. Upcoming training opportunities, if any, will be listed to the right or appear on the Training Calendar.
Training is now coordinated by Joshua Milnes at WSDA in Yakima. Any packinghouse cutter or field sampling technician training questions can be addressed to him directly at email@example.com or at 509-220-1134.