The warm weather and the accumulation of degree days, which in Pennsylvania are on pace with 2012 spring conditions, moved the development of plants and insect pests very rapidly forward.
Los productores de fruta de próxima generación que asistan a esta sesión de campo obtendrán capacitación práctica sobre identificación de malezas y exploración. Cada participante recibirá una nueva guía de malezas a color titulada Stubborn Weeds de Pennsylvania. La guía está disponible en español e inglés. Una comida lijera será servido después del curso, y todos son invitados a una reunión Twilight en la huerta de Hollabaugh a las 6.
Next generation fruit producers who attend a field session on Thursday, May 4, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, will gain hands-on training in weed identification and scouting. Each participant will receive a new, full-color weed guide titled "Stubborn Weeds of Pennsylvania." The guide is available in Spanish and English. Growers will also have the opportunity to test a new app for keeping scouting records. A light meal will be served following the workshop, and growers are invited to an Orchard Twilight Meeting at nearby Hollabaugh Orchards at 6 pm.
The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit team has created videos to refresh growers on innovative growing techniques for the start of the 2017 growing season.
Timely tree training and integrated management of newly planted trees will ensure the success and future profitability of high density apple plantings.
Cloudy, warm weather may result in a greater tree response to chemical thinners this week.
The reliability of the Cornell carbohydrate thinning model forecast is dependent on weather forecasts.
A few more weather stations are in full bloom. Normal rates of chemical thinners were recommended for the weekend, and decreased rates are suggested for the next 4 days.
Conditions are favorable for fire blight and apple scab. Additional tools for the fire blight management toolbox are discussed.
Warm weather this past weekend pushed apple flower development, and growers will be looking for windows of opportunity for the application of chemical thinners.
Bloom is well underway in parts of PA and MD. Fire blight and scab disease conditions are in full force now. Growers are encouraged to protect trees.
Despite the calendar indicating just the middle of April, all stone fruits and even some apple cultivars in southern Pennsylvania are already in bloom.
While I panicked in February, the warm March weather slowed flower development and as it turned out, March was colder than February.
Fluctuating temperatures can cause as much or more crop loss than cold winter temperatures or spring frosts.
Christina Grozinger, Director of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State, discusses a holistic approach to fixing the pollinator problem.
This Penn State Extension publication, in Spanish and English, is designed for use by orchard employees - often the first individuals to detect a new occurrence of a fruit disease or insect pest.
Penn State Extension has planned ten educational meetings for commercial tree fruit growers this spring.
Due to the presence of green tip on early varieties of apples combined with rain and mild temperatures occurring this week, we are in our first apple scab infection period for 2017.
People can reduce the populations of spotted lanternfly on their properties by killing the overwintering eggs.
An update to last Fall’s article on growing berries in grow bags is sorely needed, just to keep other people from repeating some of our less-than-enjoyable experiences.