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February 28, 2017

Questionnaire will help Penn State Extension develop educational resources for businesses preparing for Food Safety Modernization Act.

February 28, 2017

Evaluating relationships between variables involves a statistical method called “regression analysis.”

NJ 9-2-1 (trialed as NJ 3) was a high-yielding and excellent flavored variety but the berry shape is not typical. Photo: Tim Elkner
January 27, 2017

We collected data on performance of strawberry cultivars in the second harvest year of a plasticulture planting at the Penn State South East Ag Research and Extension Center in Manheim, PA.

January 26, 2017

Research in the college helps shape the apple industry.

Photo: Rich Marini
January 23, 2017

Do you think older strawberry cultivars tasted better than the newer cultivars?

Moldy core in Red Delicious. (Photo: K. Peter)
January 20, 2017

Moldy core is characterized by the growth of fungus mycelium within the apple fruit seed cavity, without penetration into the flesh of the fruit.

Excessive vigor leads to poor calcium levels. Photo: Rob Crassweller
January 19, 2017

We heard and saw many problems with calcium deficiencies in commercial orchards this past year. I thought it would be a good idea to review how the 2016 growing season may have impacted those problems.

January 19, 2017

The Horticultural Research Institute, the research foundation of AmericanHort, is pleased to announce the release of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Bee Health in the Horticultural Industry.

G.935 is replant tolerant, but is susceptible to some latent viruses, highlighting the importance of choosing rootstocks that best fit your own unique orchard conditions. Photo by Rob Crassweller
December 27, 2016

I spent most of the summer writing a review paper on apple rootstocks and came across quite a bit of information that might be of interest to commercial fruit growers.

December 5, 2016

A new Sustainable Agriculture Educator, Megan Chawner, joined Penn State Extension in Lehigh and Northampton counties the beginning of December.

A declining tree with bark removed from graft union to show necrosis. Note numerous rootstock suckers. (Photo: K. Peter)
December 5, 2016

There is a mystery surrounding rapid apple decline/sudden apple decline of young, dwarf apple trees. For the last several years, there have been many reports in Pennsylvania and, most recently, in the Northeast and states south about unusual sudden decline of young, dwarf apple trees.

Be sure to remove cankers from trees when pruning. (Photo: K. Peter)
December 5, 2016

Sanitation is the best offense for disease management, especially when it comes to canker removal.

Videos have been translated into Spanish by native speakers to explain horticultural topics important to Hispanic and Latino fruit producers.
December 2, 2016

The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit team has created new videos for Spanish speaking fruit growers.

'Malwina' fruit sprouting leaves. Photo: Kathy Demchak
December 2, 2016

We collected data on performance of sixteen cultivars or advanced selections of strawberries in the second harvest year of a matted-row trial. Some were great, and others had a few issues.

November 30, 2016

In general, apples matured slightly earlier than normal this year.

Female spotted lanternfly and her egg mass. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer
November 28, 2016

More than 300 people attended an update meeting about the invasive insect, the spotted lanternfly, on October 27, 2016 in Bally, PA.

November 18, 2016

After a busy harvest season, there are still several jobs to be done and one of those important jobs is pruning.

November 2, 2016

Portable equipment can help producers, including small-scale and local farmers, get products to market quickly.

'Abion' strawberries and 'Polka' (left) and 'Josephine' raspberries (right) at Penn State's High Tunnel facility.
November 2, 2016

Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) High and Low Tunnel Berry Project Update #1—information on growing strawberries and raspberries in containers.

Learn Now videos allow fruit growers to access information from Penn State researchers when it best fits into their schedule.
October 28, 2016

The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit team has created new videos for fruit growers. These ten minute ‘Learn Now’ videos are short, to-the-point guides explaining topics that are fundamental to commercial orchard intensification and efficiency.