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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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
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

MIP – Prácticas de Manejo en la Postcosecha

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Tara Baugher

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
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
Poda en la Huerta - Consejos de Seguridad
Poda en la Huerta - Consejos de Seguridad - Articles Articles

Poda en la Huerta - Consejos de Seguridad

Linda Fetzer, Tara Baugher

Después de una temporada de cosecha ocupada, todavía hay varios trabajos por hacer y uno de esos trabajos importantes es la poda. 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
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
Early peaches. Photo: Don Seifrit, Penn State
Peaches: Harvest and Postharvest Handling - Articles Articles
Peach cultivars have different markers of quality at harvest that determine readiness to be picked, but all cultivars should be harvested in a fashion that allows for the best taste and storability. More
Bitter pit showing up on apples at harvest.
Preharvest Assessment of the Potential for Bitter Pit in Honeycrisp - News News
This article describes a new test methodology that is available for growers that are interested in trying to predict the potential for a lot of fruit to develop bitter pit in storage. More
Blueberries are a high value crop in Pennsylvania.
Survey: Pollination Services of Blueberries in the Mid-Atlantic Region - News News
If you grow blueberries on your farm, please consider participating in this short survey. More
Fire blight is an approved cause of loss with regards to plant disease. Photo: Gary Moorman, Penn State, Retired
The USDA's Tree Assistance Program (TAP) - News News
The USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) has a program available to assist orchardists who have lost trees due to natural disaster and plant disease. It is called the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) More
Figure 1. Delicious fruit size on June 4, 2018 at Rock Springs, PA. Photo: Rob Crassweller, Penn State
Last Carbohydrate Model Run for 2018 - News News
As of June 11, 2018, most areas of the state are now at or beyond 30 days after reported full bloom. More
Carbohydrate Model Run - June 4 2018
Carbohydrate Model Run - June 4 2018 - News News
The high temperatures experienced in most of Pennsylvania last week were relieved Saturday into Sunday as rain moved across the state. More
Discoloration of developing fruitlets indicating they will be dropping. Photo: Rob Crassweller, Penn State
Carbohydrate Model Run: May 30, 2018 Ideal Weather for Thinning - News News
Since the last carbohydrate model report on May 25, last Friday, weather conditions were optimal to induce fruit drop due to chemical thinner application. More
Apple Top-Working: Managing the New Grafts
Apple Top-Working: Managing the New Grafts - Articles Articles
Top-working is the name for grafting established trees to another variety. The existing tree, the “stock”, is cut back, leaving just one or two limbs (nurse limbs) to supply the tree with energy. More
Cornell Carbohydrate Model Run: May 25, 2018
Cornell Carbohydrate Model Run: May 25, 2018 - News News
Warm temperatures are affecting thinning. Most stations across the state are forecasting high temperatures to be in the 80’s today and for the next several days. More
Mechanical peach blossom thinner commercialized as a result of multi-state research led by Penn State. Photo: Loy Elliott
Grower Input Needed For Industry Engineering Needs Assessment - News News
The Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center (FREC) is currently conducting needs assessments and would like to hear from Pennsylvania tree fruit growers. More
The FREC weather station. Photo: Kari Peter, Penn State
Exposing Your Weather Station To The Elements - News News
Weather station maintenance is very important for gathering accurate weather data, but it is just as important to make sure your well-maintained instrument is properly placed without any shade throughout the day. More
A multi-tier shake-and-catch harvesting platform (WSU design by Dr. He and team). Photo: Long He, Penn State
Orchard Automation - Engineering Opportunities for Fruit Growers - Articles Articles
Fruit growers have many challenges related to the labor-intensive needs of tree fruit production and increasing global competition. Fortunately, new precision management and automation technologies are on the horizon. More
M27 trees in bloom. Photo: Rob Crassweller, Penn State
Cornell Carbohydrate Model Run: May 21, 2018 - News News
Saturday in central Pennsylvania was overcast all day with early morning rain followed by rain on Sunday morning and then sun in the afternoon. More
Photo: Rob Crassweller, Penn State
Carbohydrate Model Run: May 18, 2018 Thinning Weather Has Changed - News News
We finished our May twilight meetings yesterday with the meeting in North East, PA. Beginning on Tuesday of this week most of our travel weather was overcast with much heavy rain. More
Figure 1. One-inch diameter hail stones fell at the Fruit Research and Extension Center, May 10, 2018. Photo: Jim Schupp, Penn State
Chemical Thinning After an Early Season Hail Storm - News News
Orchards in Adams County were hit with hail on the afternoon of May 10, when the trees were at petal fall. In the following days, other locations in SE and Central PA also suffered hail damage. More
Is It Okay to Concentrate Chemical Thinners?
Is It Okay to Concentrate Chemical Thinners? - News News
Most pomologists prefer not to concentrate thinners. For a thinner to work, it must be applied, absorbed, and translocated in sufficient concentration so as to create a transient stress. More
Carbohydrate Model Run: Thinning Time is Here!
Carbohydrate Model Run: Thinning Time is Here! - News News
It looks like spring finally arrived in the last two weeks and many orchards are thinning apples. More
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