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COVID-19 Advisory WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone and webconference.

TFREC Overley Lab circa 1980
Front view of the WSU-TFREC Overley Lab.

About Us

The WSU Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center (TFREC) hosts eleven WSU faculty, one Emeritus Professor, two research faculty, and five USDA­‐ARS scientists who conduct research and outreach on annual and perennial specialty crops. Although the primary emphasis is on apple, pear, and cherry. Research areas represented include entomology, horticulture, plant physiology, plant pathology,  soil biology, and irrigation. There are also administrative staff, farm and facilities personnel, visiting scientists and post-docs, technical/research support staff, graduate students, and summer interns associated with research and extension programs. Watch a short video slide show about the Center or visit our History page to learn more about how we got started.


Google map view of TFREC
Google map view of TFREC.

The main TFREC campus, located within the city limits of Wenatchee, WA, is approximately 30 acres in size and is comprised of two primary office buildings (one housing WSU personnel; the other housing USDA-ARS researchers), entomology and insect ecology laboratories, greenhouses, pesticide and regular storage buildings, a cold storage/packing line facility, multiple student housing units, and the physical plant facilities. The number of on-campus planted acres has decreased over time. However, there are still experimental blocks of apples and pears at the Center. The bulk of the research plantings are located off-campus at the Columbia View Orchard (CV) and the Sunrise Research Orchard (SRO).

The WA 38 Mother Tree taken at dusk.Columbia View Research Orchard (CV) This property is located about 10 miles north of Wenatchee off Hwy 2/97, is 92 acres in size with roughly 43 that are suitable for orchards. This site was given to WSU by the tree fruit industry with the stipulation that USDA-ARS would have access to half of the orchard for their research activities. This location has equipment storage, as well as storage for pesticides and fuel. This site has the distinction of being the home of the “Mother Tree” for WA 38/ Cosmic Crisp®.

Sunrise Research Orchard (SRO) This property was purchased in 2006 by WSU as a site for a new research orchard replacing the Center’s recently sold on-campus orchard blocks. SRO is located about 15 miles south of Wenatchee just east of HWY 28 and just south of Rock Island Dam. The total site consists of 300 acres with 150 acres suitable for orchards (partially due to water rights limitations).


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Mission Statement

TFREC is the hub for researchers, educators, extension specialists, students, and stakeholders focusing on irrigated tree fruit and specialty crop systems to develop and apply new science-based knowledge and products to advance economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable agriculture for industries and communities in Washington and the world.


trellised new tree planting.

WSU Exploring orchard leasing opportunity at Sunrise Orchard

Washington State University is exploring a new lease option for the portions of the Sunrise Research Orchard that are not being used for research. A new high-density tree fruit planting would be most desirable, but…

Winter Tree Fruit Educational Opportunities

WSU Tree Fruit Extension will provide a variety of learning opportunities this fall and winter in order to continue to bring growers research-based information while maintaining your safety from Covid19. Opportunities will include webinar series, intensive workshops, recorded trainings for pesticide credits and short mini-modules. Save the dates now and we look forward to learning with you this winter.

Kudos to Zara York!

It was just announced that Zara York, one of Kate's students, received one of the 2020 National Association of Plant Breeders Borlaug Scholar awards. More about the award can be found here.
Chad Krugar portrait

Chad Kruger Named New Director at TFREC

Chad Kruger, Director of CSANR and Director of Mt. Vernon and Puyallup RECs, has been named as the new director for Wenatchee - TFREC, effective July 1. This marks Chad's return to us here in…