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.
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 Tools and Apps ByRobert 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.
An all-day school for both current and prospective blueberry growers eager to learn more about producing a healthy and profitable crop.
Please join us for the Annual Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Vegetable & Small Fruit Day.
Using unmanned aircraft technology to help growers with orchard management.
Help us build our new Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) website!
In response to an early bloom, wet spring and dry summer, apples matured earlier than normal in 2017.
Guidelines are described for properly maintaining one’s weather station post season in preparation for the 2018 season.
More Articles ByJames Schupp, Ph.D., Tara Baugher
The ideal peach training system would be productive and pedestrian, precocious and produce high quality, well-colored red fruits.
More Articles ByKathy Demchak, Matthew Cooper
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.