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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Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) High and Low Tunnel Berry Project Update #1—information on growing strawberries and raspberries in containers.
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As tree fruit growers, you will need to adjust your management practices to adapt to climatic changes, potentially using some of the options discussed in this video.
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A changing climate may cause winters in the temperate zones to become milder and growing seasons have lengthened. Both of these shifts could have a big impact on orchard production and management.
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As you’ve just seen, the evidence behind climate science indicates that a number of changes have already occurred, which have had an impact on orchards.
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The occurrence of intense and erratic weather poses the most serious threat to fruit production. A changing climate also means changes in pest populations.
We again sampled Aztec Fuji, Cripps Pink (Pink Lady) and Granny Smith this week.
This week we sampled Aztec Fuji, Cripps Pink (Pink Lady) and Granny Smith grown in Maryland.
Apple harvest in 2017 has been well ahead of “normal.” This week we again sampled late-season apples, Cripps Pink (Pink Lady) and Granny Smith.
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Skin damage has been a problem in packed stone fruit in some years but it has been somewhat erratic here in PA.
Alternate Bearing (AB) refers to an alternating cropping pattern that is internally regulated by the plant.
Granny Smith fruit harvested from Western Maryland are nearing storage maturity, and Cripps Pink fruit are beginning to lose ground color.
Apple harvest in 2017 has been well ahead of “normal.” To update you on late season apples, this week we sampled Nagafu Fuji and GoldRush.
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Bitter pit severity varies with cultivar and season, but Honeycrisp is particularly susceptible. Penn State has developed a new model for predicting bitter pit potential.
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Un sistema bidimensional de formación de manzanas de alta densidad, a menudo denominado "muro frutal", proporciona muchos beneficios al productor de frutales.
This week we received three fruit samples from a Maryland grower who grows a wide variety of ‘newer’ apple cultivars for direct-market sales.