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.
On Saturday, April 12th 2018, Penn State Extension offered a practical field training for Spanish-speaking growers and workers in the fruit industry.
Peach blossoms are just starting to open this season, and full bloom will be more than a week later than normal.
By Tara Baugher, James Schupp, Ph.D., Paul Heinemann, Ph.D.
Many growers are hesitant to thin peaches at bloom because they fear the chance of bud loss to frost at this early stage of development.
By Michela Centinari, Ph.D.
When early spring warming is followed by below freezing temperatures, grape growers keep their fingers crossed hoping to escape freeze injury.
Funding from the SHAP Extension Committee has purchased a statewide membership to the NEWA IPM Monitoring system for 2018.
By Margarita López-Uribe, Ph.D.
While spring is the beginning of the beekeeping season, early blooming plants not only feed honey bees but also hundreds of native solitary bee species that emerge at around the same time.
By Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime
Every two years the faculty and extension personnel update the Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide. Within the Guide are budgets for tree fruit production.
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Penn State Extension has planned ten educational meetings for commercial tree fruit growers this spring.
By Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.
Some of the burn-down herbicides have been implicated as possible causes of damage to young tree trunks that have green tissue on portions of the lower trunk.
Properly gauging orchard trellis needs and designing a system that is both cost-efficient and sturdy enough to weather season after season is a challenging, but rewarding, task.
By Marley E Skinner, Robert Pollock, Mike Basedow
Consider diversifying your farm by adding small fruit like blueberries or strawberries.
By Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Rich Marini, Ph.D., Tara Baugher, Timothy Elkner
Use judicious pruning to renovate older fruit trees in your home landscape.
More Tools and Apps
By 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.
Using unmanned aircraft technology to help growers with orchard management.
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