Production and Harvesting

Information on growing and harvesting fruit crops, including apples, cherries, peaches, nectarines, pears, grapes, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Tips on thinning, pruning, grafting, maturity assessment and pollination.

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Penn State Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet
Penn State Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet - News News
The downloadable Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet for tree fruit was updated for 2018, and it simplifies record-keeping for your packer and processor. More
Welcoming Dr. Daniel Weber as Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Educator
Welcoming Dr. Daniel Weber as Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Educator - News News
Daniel Weber joined Penn State Extension in September as a new tree fruit extension educator from Adams County. More
Snow on Pink Lady. Photo: Ed Weaver, Weaver's Orchard
Get Ready for the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention - News News
The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be held from January 29 to 31, 2019 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. More
Summary of Apple Fruit Maturity During August and September 2018
Summary of Apple Fruit Maturity During August and September 2018 - News News
This year’s bloom was later than in 2017. With a later bloom and a cool rainy season, we initially wondered when this year’s apple crop would be ready to pick. More
Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
Scarf Skin Reduction Trials in Grower Orchards Show Promise - News News
Scarf skin is a physiological disorder of apple fruit that causes a dull gray cloudy or waxy appearance on the surface of the peel (epidermis) where it is most readily observed on varieties with a red or dark red background. More
2018 Maturity Assessment: Weeks Nine and Ten
2018 Maturity Assessment: Weeks Nine and Ten - News News
The hot, wet summer weather continues to affect our apple crop. While size is not a problem, red color development continues to be problematic in most varieties. More
El acero inoxidable y las paredes lavables, aunque no siempre son factibles, son importantes en las empacadoras como esta que crece y empaqueta brotes.
La reducción de los riesgos de inocuidad alimentaria en las instalaciones de empaque - Articles Articles
Recomendaciones de saneamiento básico para mantener las áreas de empaque limpias y apropiadamente sanitarias. More
Los vagones de cosecha cubiertos ayudan a evitar que las aves contaminen los productos cosechados limpios.
Reducción de los riesgos de inocuidad alimenticia durante la cosecha - Articles Articles
Explore múltiples maneras de reducir la contaminación de las frutas y verduras durante la cosecha. More
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Eight
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Eight - News News
This week we added Autumn Crisp, Daybreak Fuji, and CrimsonCrisp to our evaluations. More
Daybreak Fuji fruit size and color in Adams County Pennsylvania on September 6, 2018. Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Seven - News News
Many locations in the Mid-Atlantic States recorded above-average temperatures and rainfall during August. These warm temperatures retarded red color development and reduced soluble solids (sugars) in Honeycrisp apples. More
Este par de excusados portátiles pueden moverse fácilmente para que sean accesibles a los trabajadores.
Salud e Higiene del Trabajador - Articles Articles
Los productores y los que manejan las frutas y verduras deben tomar todas las medidas posibles de salud e higiene para prevenir su contaminación. More
La irrigación se considera como agua de precosecha.
Usos Seguros del Agua Agrícola - Articles Articles
Los factores de riesgo asociados con el uso del agua que se utiliza en la producción, cosecha y manipulación de las verduras y frutas frescas y como reducir el riesgo de contaminación. More
No permita que sus mascotas entren en el campo.
La Reducción de los Riesgos que Provienen de los Animales y el Estiércol - Articles Articles
Reconozca los riesgos asociados con los animales y el estiércol y aprenda como reducir los riesgos a la inocuidad alimentaria. More
Symptoms of potassium deficiency.
Assessing and Managing Potassium Concentration in the Vineyard - Articles Articles
Potassium (K) plays a critical role in many plant physiology and biochemistry processes such as photosynthesis, osmoregulation, and enzyme activation. More
Poda en la Huerta - Consejos de Seguridad
Poda en la Huerta - Consejos de Seguridad - Articles Articles
Después de una temporada de cosecha ocupada, todavía hay varios trabajos por hacer y uno de esos trabajos importantes es la poda. More
Los medios de las hileras podados cuidadosamente facilitan ver a los depredadores y atrapar roedores. Foto: Rob Crassweller
MIP – Prácticas de Manejo en la Postcosecha - Articles Articles
Después de completar la cosecha, tómese el tiempo para el manejo estratégico de las malezas, la vida silvestre y los niveles de nutrientes de los árboles. More
Poco después de que el crecimiento del árbol comience, remueva cuidadosamente los 3 brotes debajo del líder para eliminar competencia de crecimiento con el líder. Photo: Tara Baugher
Establecimiento de la Huerta - Puntos Básicos para Plantíos Nuevos - Articles Articles
La formación oportuna de árboles y la gestión integrada de árboles recién plantados garantizarán el éxito y la rentabilidad de manzanos de alta densidad. More
Diferentes tamaños de plantas inactivas. Foto: K. Demchak, Penn State
Establecimiento de Fresas - Principios Básicos - Articles Articles
Una plantación de fresa exitosa depende de que los principios básicos se apliquen correctamente en el momento de la siembra. Prestar atención a lo básico, lo llevará por el mejor camino para tener una plantación vigorosa. More
Figure 1. Tree-ripe Gala (Kidd’s D-8) apple picked in Central Maryland on August 29, 2018. This apple had a visible stem-end crack, with little starch (blue stain) in the flesh. Photo credit: Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Week Six - News News
While Gala is a small apple, its flavor and heat tolerance has made it a mainstay of the August harvest. More
Soggy breakdown on 2014 PA fruit. Photo courtesy of Yosef Al Shoffe, Cornell
Fruit Disorders - Harvest Practices to Prevent Storage Disorders in Honeycrisp - Articles Articles

Fruit Disorders - Harvest Practices to Prevent Storage Disorders in Honeycrisp

Tara Baugher, James Schupp, Ph.D., Rich Marini, Ph.D., Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Chris Walsh

There are many factors that affect Honeycrisp storage behavior, and some occur during harvest. More
Color sorting Premier Honeycrisp apples in the laboratory for storage trials. Photo: Chris Walsh, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Five - News News
The Premier Honeycrisp harvest is ending as the Honeycrisp and Gala are maturing. More
Photo credit: Chris Walsh, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Week Four - News News
We have been monitoring Premier Honeycrisp maturation and tree ripening for the past three years. Every year we are surprised how quickly they move from un-ripe to tree-ripe and then begin to drop. More
2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Week Three
2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Week Three - News News
Premier Honeycrisp apples are ripening quickly and Mid-Atlantic growers have begun picking. More
Manejo de Vida Salvaje en la Huerta-Roedores
Manejo de Vida Salvaje en la Huerta-Roedores - Articles Articles

Manejo de Vida Salvaje en la Huerta-Roedores

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Tara Baugher

Las poblaciones de roedores muestran fluctuaciones distintivas de la población de aproximadamente 4 ciclos anuales. More
Growers with Premier Honeycrisp plantings should monitor fruit maturity and be ready to pick this early variety. Photo: Chris Walsh, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Harvest: Where Are We Now? - News News
Apple bloom in 2018 was later than bloom in 2017. With a later bloom and a cool rainy season, we’re all wondering when this year's apple crop will be ready to pick. More
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