Lynn Long Wasco County Horticulture Cherries

Lynn Long
Professor and Extension Horticulturalist

Lynn Long is an Extension Horticulturalist for Oregon State University. His work is centerd in the Mid-Columbia region of Oregon, the main cherry production region of the state. He has served in that position for the last 28 years in The Dalles. Over that time, his worked has focused on sweet cherry variety, rootstock and training system evaluations. He has authored or co-authored numerous publications relating to cherry varieties, rootstocks, training systems, pruning, and orchard establishment. He has recently completed a sabbatical where he studied rootstock and training system research in France, Italy, and Germany. Along with Dr. Greg Lang and Clive Kaiser, Lynn is currently writing a grower-oriented book on cherry production that will be published by the Good Fruit Grower magazine.

Wasco County Updates

Sweet Cherry Bud Hardiness - Week of 12/19/17

2005-2017 variety trial data compilation

New Data!

2005-2017 Variety Trial Data Compilation

pre-emergence herbicides article from wsu

New Article:

Pre-emergence Herbicides for Weed Control in Tree Fruit

Written by Lynn Sosnoskie, WSU Weed Scientist, WSU Tree Fruit 
Published September 25, 2017

cherries book

New CABI book - Cherries: Botany, Production, and Uses

CABI's new Cherries: Botany, Production, and Uses book, complied by 72 international experts on cherry science and production, summarizes the current status and past 20 years of cherry production science, covering all of the dramatic changes since CABI's 1996 publication of the landmark Webster and Looney book, Cherries: Crop Physiology, Production, and Uses. The book is divided into four sections: Genetics, Ecophysiology and Production, Protection, and Utilization, making it a key resource for all persons associated with cherry production, packing, marketing, and research issues from fundamental laboratory advancces to practical orchard strategies and technologies.

See the flyer for details

pnw dark sweet cherry color development video

Video: How to Postharvest: PNW Dark Sweet Cherry Development Chart Index

Tutorial video on how to use the new PNW Dark Sweet Cherry Development Index Chart developed by Oregon State University.

Download the Excel spreadsheet here

 Featured Publications

cherry training systems bacterial canker of sweet cherry in oregon sweet cherry rootstocks
four simple steps to pruning cherry trees on gisela and other productive rootstocks sweet cherry orchard establishment in the pacific northwest sweet cherry cultivars for the fresh market
cold, frost and dead buds    


Cherry Topics for the Pacific Northwest

bud hardiness
orchard economics
pest and disease management
post harvest
rain cracking
training systems

Learn online with our video series!

A collaboration between Lynn Long, OSU and Greg Lang, MSU, this 2-part series contains 8 instructive videos on pruning for dwarfing rootstocks, and 6 videos on how to develop the training systems KGB, UFO, SSA and TSA.

See all the videos, and watch in order HERE.

Other Resources for Cherry Growers

Upcoming Events




January 11 Pasco, WA WSU Pre-Cherry Institute Orchard Systems Tour
January 12 Yakima, WA Cherry Institute: Seasonal Timeline for Achieving Superior Cherry Fruit Size, Assessing Cherry Fruit Size Tools, Sweet Cherry Varieties, Gum Acacia, Cherry Viruses and more
January 19 Hood River Hands-On Training for Spanish-Speaking Pesticide Handlers


February 2 The Discovery Center (The Dalles) Mid-Columbia Cherry Day / MCAREC Research Symposium
February 9 Hood River Best Western Hood River Winter Horticulture Meeting
February 13 Hermiston OSU Private Pesticide Applicator Pre-Exam Training
February 23 Webinar Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs: Biological Controls for SWD
February 27 Webinar Management of SWD Using Organically Approved Strategies