I know folks have been patiently waiting and it's almost here! The 2018–2019 Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide will be available for the public to purchase in February. For this latest edition, I was the lucky one to be in charge of coordinating the updates for the 400+ page guide. This is no easy undertaking, the goal is to have the updated guide ready for the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, PA at the end of January.
This year, squaring away the guide updates took a little longer, hence the later release date. I will shoulder the responsibility as I am a stickler for detail. I'm very proud of this guide, and I believe the short wait will be worth it. A vast army of hard-working individuals was involved, giving growers the latest information on horticultural, insect, pollination, disease, and wildlife management; pesticide safety; harvest and postharvest handling; cider production and food safety; orchard budgets; farm labor regulations; and marketing.
I appreciate everyone who made it possible, including the creative team helping me in the Ag Communications and Marketing department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. During the 2018 Winter Tree Fruit Meetings, there will be a presentation highlighting the improvements and additions to the updated guide.
More than a "spray guide," this comprehensive publication covers nearly all aspects of commercial tree fruit production: fruit culture; plant nutrition; pruning and training; pollination; chemical management; IPM spray programs; postharvest handling and storage; budgeting and marketing; and control of diseases, disorders, and insect and mite pests. Included is a color section featuring images of select diseases, disorders, and insect pests.
Available February 2018 for print; digital download; bundle: print and digital.
Call toll free 877-345-0691 to check on availability and to order.