Registration is Open for the 2019 Commercial Tree Fruit Meetings

Penn State Extension has planned nine regional educational meetings for commercial tree fruit producers in 2019.
Registration is Open for the 2019 Commercial Tree Fruit Meetings - News


Early snow on apple blossoms. Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State

These meetings are excellent opportunities to learn the latest research-based orchard management strategies from Extension specialists, receive core and category credits for Pennsylvania pesticide applicator certification or recertification, discuss preparations for the 2019 growing season, and connect with other producers in your area.

Topics to be discussed at each of the educational meetings include:

  • Optimizing disease, herbicide, nutrient, and tree management strategies for very wet seasons and lessons learned during 2018
  • Changes to herbicides and growth regulators, and utilizing the NEWA system
  • Monitoring and managing common fruit pests and invasive species such as Spotted Lanternfly
  • Navigating the new Worker Protection Standards

Region-specific topics may be covered depending upon the interests of and recommendations from local producers. Regular participants at local tree fruit meetings should expect an announcement to come in the mail with a region-specific agenda. Please contact the appropriate Extension educator to be added to the announcement mailing list.

The following meetings will use the Commercial Tree Fruit School site for registration:

  • Tuesday, February 12th: Central Susquehanna Region in Mifflinburg, PA, 570-316-6516
  • Wednesday, February 13th: Southeast Region in Leesport, PA, , 610-378-1327
  • Thursday, February 14th: Northeast Region in Avoca, PA, , 570-316-6516
  • Tuesday, February 19th: Lancaster & York County in Lancaster, PA, 717-394-6851
  • Tuesday, February 26th: Appalachian Fruit Region in Bedford, PA, , 814-472-7986
  • Wednesday, February 27th: Erie County in North East, PA, , 814-825-0900
  • Thursday, February 28th: Western Pennsylvania Region – Butler, PA, , 724-465-3880

Information on registration for the Adams and Franklin County meetings is available from 717-334-6271

  • Monday, February 18th: Adams County in Biglerville, PA (Registration form available from the Adams County Fruit Growers Association)
  • Wednesday, February 20th: Franklin County in Waynesboro, PA (contact Jack Mickey, 717-263-2195, Franklin County Horticultural Association)