The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Production website - http://extension.psu.edu/plants/tree-fruit - has a number of useful resources for fruit growers. Check back often for the latest resources on fruit diseases; insects, mites and beneficials; and fruit culture.
Approximately three quarters of our major food crops are pollinated. At the same time domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago. Here we will look at how wild bees provide insurance against ongoing honey bee losses. Keep a look out for upcoming articles on factors affecting pollinators and ways farmers can promote pollinator health.
Organic fruit growing in the Mid-Atlantic Region can be successful and profitable with careful study and planning. There are natural features in the Mid-Atlantic region that offer nearly ideal conditions for growing high quality organic fruit. Also, the market in this area for locally grown organic fruit far exceeds the current production capacity of existing organic fruit farms.
The question that seems to be on every berry grower’s mind is how much winter injury occurred this winter. This, of course, depends on the crop.
Proper calibration is a must to make sure pesticide applications get to the target at the proper rate. The Penn State Pesticide Education Program uses calibration units that enable us to collect the output from each nozzle.
Researchers at the University of Maryland are conducting a nationwide survey of vegetable and fruit growers to better understand how the FDA's proposed rule on produce safety under the Food Safety Modernization Act will impact them. As an incentive to take the survey, participants have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a free Apple iPad after completing the survey.
On January 13th, Penn State Extension hosted their first Hard Cider Production workshop at the Fruit Research and Extension Center (FREC) in Biglerville, PA. The day was filled with various speakers from New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia with perspectives from various Mid-Atlantic state hard cider industries. Topics were focused on the economics of hard cider production in the Mid-Atlantic, experiences with growing apples for hard cider production, how to produce hard cider, and orchard considerations for new hard cider apple variety growers.
The Penn State Tree Fruit Pathology Program has established a Twitter account to be another tool for folks to receive updates, information, and interesting pictures. Please start following!
As folks are pruning their apple trees, the presence of the Nectria fungus is being reported. A weak fungus that attacks already compromised trees, growers are encouraged to prune out symptomatic tissue from trees to limit spread of the disease.
Hannah Burrack in the Department of Entomology at NC State has put together a survey to quantify spotted wing drosophila's impact on berry growers in the Eastern U.S. While Hannah coordinates the survey, she shares the information with others. In fact, you can see the last 2 years’ results when you visit the site with the survey hyperlink below.
Q. I've read in one or two places that strawberries continue to ripen after harvest, but most other articles I've read say they don't. Do they continue to ripen after harvest or not?
The berry crops world lost a wonderful person in December 2014. Mary Catherine (Cathy) Heidenreich - May 30, 1958 – December 16, 2014.
Although the earth is warming, it is apparent from the past two winters that we will still experience periodic cold winter events. Most years some peach flower buds are damaged by winter cold or spring frost.
The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention is upon us and as part of the new year we have updated our Orchard Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet for 2015.
The winter of 2013/2014 was one of the most severe since 1994 and we can hope another 20 years or more pass before we must endure another of the same magnitude. The extent of damage and crop loss varied among regions, individual vineyard sites, wine grape varieties and the health of the vines going into the cold season.
Dr. Bill Lamont shares his thoughts on the potential for extracting energy from waste agricultural plastics. The large consumer plastic waste stream is a potentially untapped fuel source and one that a waste management company could build a pretty good positive public relations campaign around.
We have been evaluating 'Niwot' primocane-fruiting black raspberry in tunnels since 2013, and preliminary findings have been promising.
Normally, we've been updating the Mid-Atlantic Berry Guide every 2 to 3 years, and this time around, it's going to be 3 years between updates.
From retail to non-profit and public school to private foundation, the Southeast Region’s new Tree Fruit and Green Industry Extension Educator brings a variety of experiences to her extension position.
One of the last tasks in getting orchards ready for winter is planning your strategy to control voles and prevent their damage. Word around the state is that vole populations were up last year, and growers should be on the alert again this season. Vole populations exhibit distinctive population fluctuations of approximately 4-year cycles.