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eXtension.org Announces its New On-Line Resource

Posted: September 27, 2011

Late summer and fall is apple harvest time. With this enjoyment of eating apples comes a new online resource about growing apples. eXtension.org, the online component of national Cooperative Extension, just added a new resource area about apple production, cultivars and rootstocks for commercial apple producers, home gardeners, nursery professionals and anyone interested in growing and eating apples.

Researchers and Extension educators from several universities have assembled research-based apple production information on www.extension.org/apples. The information will help growers select rootstocks and cultivars, locate tree nurseries, plan and manage a planting, identify and manage diseases and pests and more. Home growers and consumers will find the information easily-accessible and interesting, helping them successfully grow apples and enjoy the right fruit at the right time. 

eXtension.org/apples includes

Articles and photos of many facets of apple production

Rootstock database with traits, descriptions and photos of many widely-available rootstocks and promising rootstocks in research trials

Answers to frequently-asked questions

Links to regional resources

Sources for purchasing trees

Videos produced by apple researchers and educators

Access to experts via Ask an Expert and on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/eApples  

More to come

The university researchers and Extension educators are continuing to develop additional resources including a detailed cultivar database, interactive features, self-guided courses and more content for consumers. This core team was funded by a grant from USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) to develop an eXtension Apples community of practice to help increase the productivity, profitability and sustainability of this specialty crop. 

About eXtension

eXtension, http://www.extension.org, is a network of researchers and educators from Cooperative Extension Services across the United States, government agencies and industry. eXtension is an educational resource that takes university-based research and turns it into practical information people can use to solve today’s problems and develop skills to build a better future. Experts provide unbiased information in more than 40 resource areas including agriculture and animals, community and economics, energy and environment, home and family, and yard and garden.  (Source: Emily Tepe, University of Minnesota, tepe0004@umn.edu; Writer: Lynette Spicer, lynette.spicer@eXtension.org)