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Spotted lanternfly on apple in Berks County, PA in October 2017. Photo: Erica Smyers, Penn State
Spotted Lanternfly on Grapes and Tree Fruit - Articles Articles

Spotted Lanternfly on Grapes and Tree Fruit

Julie Urban, Dave Biddinger, Ph.D., Ed Rajotte, Ph.D.

Biology, management and slowing the spread of the spotted lanternfly on grapes and tree fruit in the Mid-Atlantic Region. More
What To Do If You Find the Spotted Lanternfly on Your Property
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This insect is considered a threat to some crops and many people are working to try to prevent it from spreading. More
'Abion' strawberries and 'Polka' (left) and 'Josephine' raspberries (right) at Penn State's High Tunnel facility.
Growing Raspberries and Strawberries in Containers - Articles Articles
Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) High and Low Tunnel Berry Project Update #1—information on growing strawberries and raspberries in containers. More
Fruit Tree Propagation - Grafting and Budding
Fruit Tree Propagation - Grafting and Budding - Articles Articles
This article provides information on a few successful propagation methods that can be used on fruit trees. More
Strawberries on Matted Row
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Strawberry Production

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

The high value of strawberries creates potential for sizable profit from a small planting; however, the potential for serious problems also exists. More
Red Raspberries
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Red Raspberry Production

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

Raspberry production is well suited to small farms, as a small area of raspberries can provide significant income and equipment needs for an acre or so of raspberries are not great. 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
Wine Grape Production
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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
Peaches
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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
Irrigation for Fruit and Vegetable Production
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Irrigation for Fruit and Vegetable Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

Irrigation often is necessary because of the uneven distribution of precipitation throughout the year, especially during critical growth periods. 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
Golden Delicious Apples
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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
Fruit Harvest - Estimating Apple Yield and Fruit Size
Fruit Harvest - Estimating Apple Yield and Fruit Size - Articles Articles
Early-season yield and packout predictions are useful for growers and packers to plan for adequate harvest labor and storage space and to develop an orderly marketing plan. More
Trees trained to a tall spindle system are commonly grown on M.9 rootstock, although new rootstocks are on the horizon.
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Apple Rootstocks: Capabilities and Limitations

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., James Schupp, Ph.D.

Penn State participates in multi-state apple rootstock trials, such the NC-140 rootstock project. The following rootstock descriptions and comments are based on results from these trials. More
Stage of maturity can be assessed by performing the starch-iodine test to document starch disappearance. Applying an iodine solution to the cut surface of fruit stains the starch a blue black.
Fruit Harvest - Determining Apple Fruit Maturity - Articles Articles
To allow time to schedule labor, growers must estimate optimum harvest dates well before picking fruit. More
Fruit and Vegetable Marketing for Small-Scale and Part-Time Growers
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Fruit and Vegetable Marketing for Small-Scale and Part-Time Growers

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

Marketing is important to all farm enterprises, regardless of size. More