Information on cultivars and rootstocks for various fruit crops, including apples, peaches, strawberries and grapes. Tips on maturity assessments and bark grafting, bench grafting and budding in the orchard.
Some growers are considering interstem trees as a way to avoid some of the problems experienced with the more common dwarfing rootstocks.
It’s that time of year when we start thinking about putting together plant orders for next season.
By Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Tara Baugher, Michael Basedow Length9:53
Commercial fruit growers are transitioning their apple orchards to high density production systems, and this is possible due to the availability of size-controlling apple rootstocks.
With the continued cooler temperatures and heavy rainfall in August, fruit size and red color are good. Gala harvest is in full swing; picking began soon after we sampled.
Week 3 maturity assessments indicate a need to be ready for an early apple harvest and possible spray applications to prevent preharvest drop.
This week, maturity of Premier Honeycrisp, Honeycrisp and two red Gala cultivars are compared.
This is the second year of a grower-funded project to routinely assess fruit starch levels, ground color, and other maturity indices.
By Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Montserrat Fonseca Estrada, Michael Basedow Length11:56
En este video, hablaremos acerca de los cultivos de manzana que tienen las caracteristicas necesarias para operaciones de mercados al por menor.
By Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Tara Baugher, Michael Basedow Length7:21
To keep up with consumers’ changing tastes, growers should routinely replant orchard blocks with new apple cultivars.
Fruit surface color is complex due to genetics and mutations, environmental factors, crop load, plant nutrition, plant stresses, and plant growth regulators.
By Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Tara Baugher, Michael Basedow Length8:24
The following apples are excellent choices for retail markets. These include well-known cultivars, and some less familiar apples with characteristics that will help them stand out in the farm stand.
By Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.
This article provides information on a few successful propagation methods that can be used on fruit trees.
Do you think older strawberry cultivars tasted better than the newer cultivars?
By Kathy Demchak, Timothy Elkner
We collected data on performance of strawberry cultivars in the second harvest year of a plasticulture planting.
I spent most of the summer writing a review paper on apple rootstocks and came across information that might be of interest to commercial fruit growers.