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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New Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide: Available February 2018
New Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide: Available February 2018 - News News
The 2018–2019 edition of the Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide will be available for sale in print and digital download in February 2018. More
Trellis in apple orchard
Trellis Construction Workbook - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

Trellis Construction Workbook

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Tara Baugher, Lynn Kime

This tool will assist growers with the decision making process of determining the cost of two trellis systems. More
congerdesign / pixaby.com
Blueberry Growers School - Workshops Workshops

Blueberry Growers School

03/28/2018

Leesport, PA

$95.00
An all-day school for both current and prospective blueberry growers eager to learn more about producing a healthy and profitable crop. More
Vegetable & Small Fruit Day
Vegetable & Small Fruit Day - Workshops Workshops

Vegetable & Small Fruit Day

03/07/2018

Collegeville, PA

$25.00
Please join us for the Annual Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Vegetable & Small Fruit Day. More
Buy-and-Fly Orchard Management Using Unmanned Aircraft
Buy-and-Fly Orchard Management Using Unmanned Aircraft - News News
Using unmanned aircraft technology to help growers with orchard management. More
Please Participate in Our Online NEWA Survey!
Please Participate in Our Online NEWA Survey! - News News
Help us build our new Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) website! More
2017 SHAP Apple Maturity Overview – Final Posting
2017 SHAP Apple Maturity Overview – Final Posting - News News
In response to an early bloom, wet spring and dry summer, apples matured earlier than normal in 2017. More
Don’t forget to give your weather station TLC this fall. Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
Weather Station Maintenance: End-of-Season Loose Ends - News News
Guidelines are described for properly maintaining one’s weather station post season in preparation for the 2018 season. More
Quad V. Photo: Edwin Winzeler, Penn State
Peach Tree Pruning: Trials, Tribulations, and Looking to the Future - Articles Articles
The ideal peach training system would be productive and pedestrian, precocious and produce high quality, well-colored red fruits. 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
Climate Change and Orchards, Part 4: Managing Orchards in a Changing Climate
Climate Change and Orchards, Part 4: Managing Orchards in a Changing Climate - Videos Videos
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. More
Climate Change and Orchards, Part 2: Seasonal Shifts
Climate Change and Orchards, Part 2: Seasonal Shifts - Videos Videos

Climate Change and Orchards, Part 2: Seasonal Shifts

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

6:34

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. More
Climate Change and Orchards, Part 1: What Changes Have Already Occurred?
Climate Change and Orchards, Part 1: What Changes Have Already Occurred? - Videos Videos
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. More
Climate Change and Orchards, Part 3: Changes in Weather and Pest Populations
Climate Change and Orchards, Part 3: Changes in Weather and Pest Populations - Videos Videos
The occurrence of intense and erratic weather poses the most serious threat to fruit production. A changing climate also means changes in pest populations. More
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments – Week Thirteen
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments – Week Thirteen - News News
We again sampled Aztec Fuji, Cripps Pink (Pink Lady) and Granny Smith this week. More
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