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Range of Premier Honeycrisp maturities for the whole tree strip-picked on August 15, 2017.  Fruits were hand-sorted in the laboratory for a storage study, using 1962 USDA Golden Delicious Color Chips. Photo: Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week Three
August 17, 2017
Week 3 maturity assessments indicate a need to be ready for an early apple harvest and possible spray applications to prevent preharvest drop.
Buckeye Gala (left) Premier Honeycrisp (right) Photos: T. Baugher, Penn State
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week Two
August 11, 2017
This week, maturity of Premier Honeycrisp, Honeycrisp and two red Gala cultivars are compared.
Brown marmorated stink bug adult and nymphs on corn. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
Insect Bytes for August 10, 2017
August 11, 2017
The flights of the second generation codling moth (CM) and third generation oriental fruit moth (OFM) continue in most Pennsylvania pome fruit orchards.
Honeycrisp (right) Ultima Gala (left) Photo: Kathleen W. Hunt, University of Maryland
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week 1
August 2, 2017
August 1, 2017 we collected our first fruit samples for assessments of the maturity of Premier Honeycrisp, Honeycrisp, Buckeye Gala, and Ultima Gala.
Hail damaged fruit need protection from fruit rots. Photo: T. Ford, Penn State
Managing Fruit Rots This Season
July 28, 2017
Management considerations are discussed for mitigating pome and stone fruit rots. Hail damaged fruit destined for juicing still need protection from rots.