Soil Fertility and Management

Information on soil fertility and management of fruit crops, including determining orchard nutrition needs and soil quality and health. Tips on pest management and access to a calcium rate calculator.

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Blueberry Growers School - Workshops Workshops

Blueberry Growers School


Leesport, PA

An all-day school for both current and prospective blueberry growers eager to learn more about producing a healthy and profitable crop. More
El arar puede beneficiar o perjudicar la calidad del suelo. Foto cortesiá de Penn State Extension.
Introducción a los Suelos: El Manejo de los Suelos - Articles Articles
El Manejo de los suelos More
Moldboard plowing, shown here, is a type of primary tillage. Photo courtesy of Penn State Extension
Introduction to Soils: Managing Soils - Articles Articles
This article provides information on how different soil management practices affect soil quality and crop production. More
Collecting a soil sample to measure soil quality. Photo courtesy of Penn State Extension.
Introduction to Soils: Soil Quality - Articles Articles
Soil quality is how well soil does what we want it to do. A healthy, high-quality soil is fertile, has good soil structure, and is biologically active. More
Recolección de una muestra para análisis de suelo. Foto cortesiá de Penn State Extension
Introducción a los Suelos: La Calidad de los Suelos - Articles Articles
La calidad del suelo es lo bien que el suelo hace lo que queremos que haga. Un suelo sano y de alta calidad es fértil, tiene buena estructura del suelo y es biológicamente activo. More
Ambrosia fruit. Photo: R. Crassweller, Penn State
Orchard Nutrition - Determining Orchard Fertility Needs - Articles Articles
The Mid-Atlantic region is blessed with an abundant supply of good fertile soils that can produce high quality deciduous fruit. More
Photo: Tara Baugher
Orchard Nutrition - Calcium Rate Calculator for Individual Product Comparisons - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps
A calculator to allow you to make individual comparisons of calcium products. More
Closely mowed row middles make it easier for predators to see and catch any potential rodents. Photo: Rob Crassweller
Orchard IPM - Postharvest Management Practices - Articles Articles
After you have completed harvest, take time for strategic management of weeds, wildlife and tree nutrient levels. More
Soils - Articles Articles
Your soils and soil structure may determine the crops you can produce. More
Photo credit: Steve Culman
Soil Quality Information - Articles Articles
Healthy soils yield healthy crops, But what is healthy soil and how do we achieve it? More
Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties
Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties - Videos Videos

Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties

Marley E Skinner, Megan Chawner


Here we talk about some of the physical properties of soil including organic matter, aggregate stability, water infiltration and compaction. More
Wine Grape Production
Wine Grape Production - Articles Articles

Wine Grape Production

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime

Grapes are produced in many areas throughout the Commonwealth and lend themselves well to small-scale and part-time farming operations. More
Web Soil Survey Screen
Web Soil Survey: A Valuable Source of Information for New and Not So New Farmers - Articles Articles
Check the soil map before you do anything to ensure you are planting a crop that is appropriate for the soil type you have. More
Orchard Nutrition - Fertility Checkup Time
Orchard Nutrition - Fertility Checkup Time - Articles Articles
Nutritional analysis of fruit trees should be an ongoing practice in your orchards. More
Nitrogen deficiency symptoms on peach, which can be prevented by leaf analysis and block-specific fertilization.
Orchard Nutrition - An Overview - Articles Articles

Orchard Nutrition - An Overview

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

Nutritional requirements of fruit trees differ from those of agronomic crops, cover crops, and orchard sod. More
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