Spring Orchard Meetings to Put on Your Calendars!

Posted: March 29, 2017

Penn State Extension has planned ten educational meetings for commercial tree fruit growers this spring.

The meetings are being held in orchards across the state. Growers have an opportunity to visit other commercial tree fruit operations, learn from Extension specialists who are experts in their program areas, and discuss current tree fruit issues with other growers at a critical time of the growing season.

Preregistration is requested.

The program highlights include:

Integrated Pest Management Options for Pest and Beneficial Insects

Greg Krawczyk, Extension Tree Fruit Entomologist

Updates on new tools and techniques to monitor and manage insect pests while protecting beneficial organisms in fruit orchards.

Managing Tree Fruit Diseases in 2017

Kari Peter, Extension Tree Fruit Pathologist

Timely disease management tips for early season, as well as potential issues growers may encounter during the summer. An updated Fungicide Resistance Management Table for key diseases will be available.

Integrated Cultural Management: Apple Thinning and Promoting Return Bloom

Rob Crassweller, Professor of Tree Fruit and Extension Pomologist

James Schupp, Professor of Pomology and FREC Center Director

Discussion of the effect of blossom density and weather during the current growing season on apple fruit set, with the objective of helping growers make decisions for apple crop load management and return bloom. Orchard nutrition and weed control.

Dates and Locations of Spring Orchard Meetings

Mark the date and time of the meeting nearest you

Tuesday, April 11, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Statewide

Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center, 290 University Drive, Biglerville, PA 17307

Arrive at 4:45 pm for a pruning demonstration in Spanish and English - Simplified Rules for Pruning Apple Trees

Contact person: Tara Baugher,

Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Lancaster/York Counties

Masonic Homes Orchard, 310 Eden View Rd, Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Contact person: Tim Elkner,

Wednesday, May 3, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Franklin County

Long Lane Orchard, 5355 Hess-Benedict Rd, Waynesboro, PA 17268
Contact person: Tara Baugher,

Thursday, May 4, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Adams County

Hollabaugh Orchards, 545 Carlisle Road, Biglerville PA 17307
Contact person: Tara Baugher,

Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Western PA

Dawson’s Orchards, 122 Petersburg Road, Enon Valley, PA 16120
Contact person: Bob Pollock,

Thursday, May 11, 9:00 am - noon – Erie County

Burch Farms Country Market, 9210 Sidehill Rd, North East, PA 16428
Contact person: Andy Muza,

Wednesday, May 17, 5:30pm - 8:00pm – Southeast PA

Stoudt’s Fruit Farm, 47 Kauffman Ln, Hamburg, PA 19526
Contact person: Kathy Salisbury,

Thursday, May 18, 6:30pm–8:30pm - Appalachian Growers

Boyer's Orchard, 4116 Cortland Dr, New Paris, PA 15554
Contact person: Tom Ford,

Tuesday, May 23, 6:00–8:00 pm – Central Susquehanna

Graybill’s Fruit Farm, 246 Orchard Ln, Richfield, PA 17086.
Contact person: John Esslinger,

Wednesday, June 7, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Multi-State

Barr Orchards, 21946 Durberry Rd, Smithsburg, MD 21783
Contact person: Tara Baugher,

There is no registration fee for these programs. However, preregistration is appreciated.

Registration sites

If you are a regular participant at your local tree fruit meetings expect an announcement to come in your mail. If you have not attended one of these programs in the past, please e-mail the contact person to get on the meeting announcement mailing list. If you don’t use e-mail call your local Extension office to get a phone number for the contact person for the meeting nearest you.