WA 38 is an eye-catching, large, dark red apple from Washington State University's breeding program.
WA 38 is an eye-catching, large, dark red apple from Washington State University's breeding program.

Washington State University will hold a random drawing to determine which Washington apple growers will get to plant the latest release from the university's breeding program.

In a news release, the university said the drawing would be the fair and equitable way to distribute the limited number of WA 38 trees during the first year of release.

The university is working with a number of Northwest Nursery Improvement Institute-affiliated nurseries and others to increase certified WA 38 planting stock.

It anticipates a small number of trees will be available in 2016. By 2017, the number should exceed 300,000.

Online applications will be accepted April 1-May 31, and applicants will be notified of their status by June 30.

The university also plans two informational meetings for grower in learning more about the variety and the drawing.

They are:

• April 2: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Confluence Technology Center, Wenatchee, and

• April 3: 10 a.m.-noon, Hilton Garden Inn, Yakima.

For application instructions, details about the drawing or to submit an application, visit http://wa38.wsu.edu/. The site will go live March 28.