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A multi-tier shake-and-catch harvesting platform (WSU design by Dr. He and team). Photo: Long He, Penn State
Engineering Opportunities for Pennsylvania Tree 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
Photo 1. Blueberry blossom showing the characteristic flowers of this plant. Note that the flowers are closed, bell-shaped and pendant. Photo credit: Nicole Castle, contributed to Plant Village.
Who Pollinates Pennsylvania Blueberry Plants? - Articles Articles

Who Pollinates Pennsylvania Blueberry Plants?

Margarita López-Uribe, Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D., Kristal Watrous, Nolan Amon

Blueberries (genus Vaccinium) are a high-value crop in Pennsylvania and the United States, with an estimated value of at least $825 million to the US economy in 2014. More
Close-up of fringetree flowers which have some fragrance to them. Photo: Mike Masiuk, Penn State
Spring Floral Display: Chionanthus Virginicus, White Fringetree - Articles Articles
Although the common name, white fringetree, alludes to a tree, it is often treated as a large shrub in the landscape, reaching a range of anywhere from 12 to 20 feet. More
Frost-induced russet also known as Frost Ring. Photo: Jim Schupp, Penn State
Apple Skin Disorders: Scarf Skin and Russet - Articles Articles
Scarf skin and russet are skin defects that can diminish the market value of fresh fruit. More
Dr. Rob Crassweller, second from right, organizes an apple variety sampling. Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
Apple Variety Improvement: A Look at the Past, Present and Future - Articles Articles
During the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Dr. Rob Crassweller organized an apple variety showcase. More
Peach Crop Load Management: Blossom Thinning and Fruit Size
Peach Crop Load Management: Blossom Thinning and Fruit Size - Articles Articles

Peach Crop Load Management: Blossom Thinning and Fruit Size

Tara Baugher, James Schupp, Ph.D., Paul Heinemann, Ph.D.

Many growers are hesitant to thin peaches at bloom because they fear the chance of bud loss to frost at this early stage of development. More
Freeze damage on Concord. Photo: Michela Centinari, Penn State
Understanding and Preventing Spring Frost and Freeze Damage - Articles Articles
When early spring warming is followed by below freezing temperatures, grape growers keep their fingers crossed hoping to escape freeze injury. More
Mulching Landscape Trees
Mulching Landscape Trees - Articles Articles

Mulching Landscape Trees

David R. Jackson

Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to enhance landscape beauty, improve soil conditions, protect plants from foot traffic and lawn equipment, and suppress weeds. More
Spotted lanternflies captured on a sticky band. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State
Spotted Lanternfly Management: Placing Sticky Bands on Trees - Articles Articles
This article summarizes one method of capturing and killing spotted lanternfly (SLF): placing sticky bands on trees. More
Photo 1. Two type of bee hotels for stem nesters: (left) Box with cardboard straws and (right) wooden block with drilled holes. Photo credit: Margarita López-Uribe, Penn State
Spring Bees: Who Are They and Where Do They Live? - Articles Articles
While spring is the beginning of the beekeeping season, early blooming plants not only feed honey bees but also hundreds of native solitary bee species that emerge at around the same time. More
Tree Fruit Budget Tools
Tree Fruit Budget Tools - Articles Articles

Tree Fruit Budget Tools

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

Every two years the faculty and extension personnel update the Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide. Within the Guide are budgets for tree fruit production. More
Photo: Bill Lamont, Penn State
Pumpkin Cultivar Trial Results - Articles Articles

Pumpkin Cultivar Trial Results

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Timothy Elkner, Robert Pollock, Tom Butzler, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We evaluated twenty-one pumpkin cultivars in 2016 and 2017. More
Tyvek® tree guard. Photo: Rob Crassweller
Orchard Weed Control - Protection of Tree Trunks - Articles Articles
Some of the burn-down herbicides have been implicated as possible causes of damage to young tree trunks that have green tissue on portions of the lower trunk. More
A new mobile scouting spreadsheet developed by Penn State enables simple record-keeping on your smartphone.
Orchard IPM: Scouting with Your Smartphone - Articles Articles

Orchard IPM: Scouting with Your Smartphone

Tara Baugher, Tom Jarvinen

An important part of orchard scouting is to keep good records. A new mobile scouting spreadsheet, developed by Penn State, will help you keep track of what you are seeing in the field. More
John Wall, author of How to Build Orchard and Vineyard Trellises, explains the key components of a strong orchard support system. Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
Orchard Precision: Engineering Principles for Orchard Trellis Construction - Articles Articles
Properly gauging orchard trellis needs and designing a system that is both cost-efficient and sturdy enough to weather season after season is a challenging, but rewarding, task. More
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