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Golden Delicious Apples
Apple Production - Articles Articles

Apple Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

Apples may be grown in many parts of the country and lend themselves well to part-time farming operations. More
Photo credit: Steve Culman
Soil Quality Information - Articles Articles
Healthy soils yield healthy crops, But what is healthy soil and how do we achieve it? More
Plastic tunnel for early transplants
Transplant Production - Eckerton Hill Farm - Articles Articles
Farm profiles give new producers ideas and advice from experienced producers. More
Two Designs for Low Cost "Hot Beds" for Small Scale Production
Two Designs for Low Cost "Hot Beds" for Small Scale Production - Articles Articles
These two hot bed systems are a step up from growing under lights or in your kitchen window without all the costs of heating an entire greenhouse. More
Wine Grape Production
Wine Grape Production - Articles Articles

Wine Grape Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

Grapes are produced in many areas throughout the Commonwealth and lend themselves well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. More
Blueberries
Highbush Blueberry Production - Articles Articles

Highbush Blueberry Production

Kathy Demchak, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Blueberries are well suited for small-scale and part-time farm operations. More
Guide to Farming: Small Fruits
Guide to Farming: Small Fruits - Articles Articles
The term “small fruit” includes many of the berry crops such as blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries among others. More
Guide to Farming: Tree Fruits
Guide to Farming: Tree Fruits - Articles Articles
Before planting your first fruit tree, you should conduct your own research regarding production, marketing, and financing the enterprise. More
Let new blueberry plants grow for two or even three years before allowing them to set fruit.
Recommendations for Blueberry Establishment - Articles Articles
For a crop that may fruit for fifty years under the right care, it is critical to get blueberry plants off to a strong, healthy start. More
Field day participants discuss disease management with Farmer Anton Shannon, at Good Work Farm.
Start Farming: Developing Your Disease Management Plan - Articles Articles
A field day at one of Penn State Extension’s Models for the Future sites reviewed the importance of a comprehensive disease management plan for your operation. More
Planning a Crop Rotation
Planning a Crop Rotation - Articles Articles
Creating a good plan for crop rotation in an easy-to-read map has many benefits. More
Chives ready to flower in early spring
Getting Started With Culinary Herbs - Articles Articles
Growing culinary herbs can be a profitable niche market. More
Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties
Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties - Videos Videos
Here we will talk about some of the physical properties of soil including organic matter, aggregate stability, water infiltration and compaction. More
Peaches
Peach Production - Articles Articles

Peach Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

The life of the orchard is expected to be at least 20 years, so the initial investment may be spread over a longer period of time than many crops. More
Watermelon
Watermelon Production - Articles Articles

Watermelon Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

There are multiple markets for growers with 5 acres or fewer. Many field operations - such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting - can be custom-hired. More
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