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2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Final Report of the 2018 Season - News News
The hot, wet summer and early fall weather continued to delay the late-season apple crop until the middle of October. More
GoldRush apples in a tall-spindle planting. Photo: Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Mid-October Report - News News
The hot, wet summer and early fall weather continued to affect the apple crop in October. More
Penn State Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet
Penn State Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet - News News
The downloadable Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet for tree fruit was updated for 2018, and it simplifies record-keeping for your packer and processor. More
Welcoming Dr. Daniel Weber as Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Educator
Welcoming Dr. Daniel Weber as Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Educator - News News
Daniel Weber joined Penn State Extension in September as a new tree fruit extension educator from Adams County. More
Snow on Pink Lady. Photo: Ed Weaver, Weaver's Orchard
Get Ready for the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention - News News
The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention will be held from January 29 to 31, 2019 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. More
Summary of Apple Fruit Maturity During August and September 2018
Summary of Apple Fruit Maturity During August and September 2018 - News News
This year’s bloom was later than in 2017. With a later bloom and a cool rainy season, we initially wondered when this year’s apple crop would be ready to pick. More
Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
Fruit Disorders: Prevention of Scarf Skin on Apple Fruit - News News
Scarf skin is a physiological disorder of apple fruit that causes a dull gray cloudy or waxy appearance on the surface of the peel (epidermis) where it is most readily observed on varieties with a red or dark red background. More
2018 Maturity Assessment: Weeks Nine and Ten
2018 Maturity Assessment: Weeks Nine and Ten - News News
The hot, wet summer weather continues to affect our apple crop. While size is not a problem, red color development continues to be problematic in most varieties. More
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Eight
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Eight - News News
This week we added Autumn Crisp, Daybreak Fuji, and CrimsonCrisp to our evaluations. More
While spotted lanternflies will feast on a variety of plant species, they have a special fondness for Ailanthus, or tree-of-heaven. Photo: Emily Swackhamer
Spotted Lanternfly Expert Provides Tips for Home Management of Pest - News News
The pest harms host plants and can render outdoor areas unusable by leaving behind honeydew, which attracts other insects and promotes the growth of sooty mold. More
Daybreak Fuji fruit size and color in Adams County Pennsylvania on September 6, 2018. Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Seven - News News
Many locations in the Mid-Atlantic States recorded above-average temperatures and rainfall during August. These warm temperatures retarded red color development and reduced soluble solids (sugars) in Honeycrisp apples. More
Figure 1. Tree-ripe Gala (Kidd’s D-8) apple picked in Central Maryland on August 29, 2018. This apple had a visible stem-end crack, with little starch (blue stain) in the flesh. Photo credit: Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Week Six - News News
While Gala is a small apple, its flavor and heat tolerance has made it a mainstay of the August harvest. More
Photo 1. Codling moth larvae feeding inside the fruit. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
Tree Fruit Entomology Update for the End of August 2018 - News News
Pennsylvania has experienced a combined average per location of about 20 inches of rain during the last 5 weeks. More
Free Legal Services for Farmers Available Through Penn State Law
Free Legal Services for Farmers Available Through Penn State Law - News News
Penn State Law is offering farmers the opportunity to obtain free legal services through its Rural Economic Development Clinic. More
Bitter rot on apple and pear fruit is caused by the pathogenic fungi Colletrotrichum gloeosporioides and C. acutatum. Photo: Kari Peter, Penn State
Wanted: Bitter Rot of Apple Samples From Pennsylvania Growers - News News
The Tree Fruit Pathology Lab at the Fruit Research and Extension Center is seeking apples infected with the fungus causing bitter rot from around the state of Pennsylvania in commercial orchards. More
Color sorting Premier Honeycrisp apples in the laboratory for storage trials. Photo: Chris Walsh, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Five - News News
The Premier Honeycrisp harvest is ending as the Honeycrisp and Gala are maturing. More
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
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
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
Hail damaged fruit need protection from fruit rots. Photo: T. Ford, Penn State
Managing Fruit Rots This Season - News News

Managing Fruit Rots This Season

07/26/2018

Fungicide re-applications are necessary since several inches of rain have fallen the last few days. Management considerations are discussed for mitigating pome and stone fruit rots. 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
Photo 1. Apple fruit injured by first-generation codling moth larvae. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
Insect Bytes: 2018 Mid-Season Pest Management Update - News News
It is again time to look very carefully at pheromone traps placed in orchards. 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
Keep leaves on the tart cherry trees: Postharvest fungicide applications are necessary to limit cherry leaf spot infections. Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
Mid-Season Tree Fruit Disease Update - News News
The latest 2018 disease updates growers need to know for apple scab, fire blight, sooty blotch and flyspeck, bacterial spot, and cherry leaf spot. More
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