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Medicinal Use of Orchard Fruits and Herbs
Medicinal Use of Orchard Fruits and Herbs - Workshops Workshops
Join Alyssa Schimmel from the Philadelphia Orchard Project and learn about teas and tinctures made from plants throughout the growing season. More
Osmia cornifrons on an apple blossom. Photo: David Biddinger
Orchard Pollination: Solitary (Mason) Bees - Articles Articles
Growers of bee-pollinated crops, particularly apples, may be interested in the possible use of solitary bees as pollinators. More
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Know Your Berries: Beyond the Usual Suspects - Workshops Workshops
Learn how to select, plant, maintain, harvest, and use a variety of berries and small fruits in the home garden. More
Mowing the sudex cover crop at the blueberry site at Five Elements Farm. The sudex was sown to compete against weeds, and was incorporated to add organic matter to the soil. Photo by J. Bozzelli.
Adding Small Fruits to Your Small Farm - Articles Articles

Adding Small Fruits to Your Small Farm

Marley E Skinner, Robert Pollock, Mike Basedow

Consider diversifying your farm by adding small fruit like blueberries or strawberries. More
Photo by M. Seetin.
Pollinators and Pesticide Sprays during Bloom in Fruit Plantings - Articles Articles

Pollinators and Pesticide Sprays during Bloom in Fruit Plantings

Dave Biddinger, Ph.D., Kathy Demchak, Ed Rajotte, Ph.D., Tara Baugher

Use of pesticides during bloom is a complicated problem with the solutions relying on understanding the detailed relationships among chemicals, pollinators and pest management needs. More
Manejo en la Postcosecha de Bayas
Manejo en la Postcosecha de Bayas - Articles Articles

Manejo en la Postcosecha de Bayas

Montserrat Fonseca Estrada

Las bayas (fresas, frambuesas, zarzamoras, y arándanos) son frutas maravillosas; además de ser deliciosas y nutritivas tienen buen precio en el mercado. More
Symptoms typical of severe anthracnose infection on blackberry.
Blackberry Fruit Disorders - Effects on Fruit Quality - Articles Articles
This article discusses some common blackberry fruit issues, including whitening of drupelets, drupelet reddening, insect feeding injury, canker diseases and spotted wing drosophila. More
Small Fruit Mite - Broad Mites on Blackberries
Small Fruit Mite - Broad Mites on Blackberries - Articles Articles

Small Fruit Mite - Broad Mites on Blackberries

Kathy Demchak, Donn Johnson

Broad mite (Polyphagotarsonemus latus) has been problematic for pepper growers in PA for the last couple of years. Now we can add blackberries to the list of crops that they frequent. More
stem canker (Leptosphaeria coniothyrium). Photo: Florida Division of Plant Industry , Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org
Bramble Disease - Cane Blight - Articles Articles
Cane blight is caused by the fungus Leptosphaeria coniothyrium, which also causes a canker on roses and a fruit rot of apple and pear. More
Orchard Wildlife Management - Birds
Orchard Wildlife Management - Birds - Articles Articles

Orchard Wildlife Management - Birds

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

On many farms or orchards, bird damage is minimal while for others, problems from birds can be substantial. More
Growing Raspberries and Blackberries: From Planting to Harvest
Growing Raspberries and Blackberries: From Planting to Harvest - Online Courses Online Courses
$99.00
This course prepares you to grow berries, from choosing varieties, to planting, to handling pests and diseases. Growing can be rewarding and profitable. More
Spotted wing drosophila male under a berry. Photo: K. Demchak
Spotted Wing Drosophila Season Is Early This Year - News News
Given the mild winter and earliness of berry crops this year, it’s not a big surprise that spotted wing drosophila presence is early, too. More
Pest Alert - Omnivorous Leafroller
Pest Alert - Omnivorous Leafroller - Articles Articles
The omnivorous leafroller has recently been confirmed in a greenhouse in Pennsylvania. Your assistance is needed in monitoring this pest indoors and outdoors in Pennsylvania. More
Spotted Wing Drosophila, Part 3: Monitoring
Spotted Wing Drosophila, Part 3: Monitoring - Articles Articles
This article explains how to monitor for spotted wing drosophila, an invasive vinegar (fruit) fly first detected in Pennsylvania in 2011, using traps. More
Post Harvest Berry Handling
Post Harvest Berry Handling - Videos Videos
Want to get the most out of your berries at the market? This video highlights important considerations for post-harvest berry handling. More
Photo credit Mary Ann Frazier, Penn State Extension.
Who are Our Pollinators? - Articles Articles

Who are Our Pollinators?

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D., Krishona Martinson

Approximately three quarters of our major food crops are pollinated. Here we will look at how wild bees provide insurance against ongoing honey bee losses. More
Small Striped Bee (Halictus). Photo USGS Bee Inventory.
What Can We Do to Encourage Native Bees? - Articles Articles

What Can We Do to Encourage Native Bees?

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D., Tianna DuPont

Pollinators need a diverse, abundant food source and a place to build their nests and rear their young. If we keep these two elements in mind we can encourage native bee populations. More
Varroa mite parasitizing bee. Thought to be one of the major factors contributing to hive losses. Photo Alex Wild.
Pollinator Declines - Articles Articles

Pollinator Declines

Christina Grozinger, Ph.D., Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D., Tianna DuPont

Domestic honey bees hives are down by 59% compared to 60 years ago with rapid declines over the last forty years. The populations of some native bee species may also be declining. More
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Spotted Wing Drosophila, Part 2: Natural History - Articles Articles
This article provides information on the environmental, host plant, and feeding preferences and life cycle of the spotted wing drosophila. More
Drift herbicide damage on tomato.
Using Proper Herbicide Formulations to Prevent Damage - Articles Articles
Use the proper herbicide formulations to prevent damage to non-target plants. More
Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties
Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties - Videos Videos

Soil Health: Soil Physical Properties

Marley E Skinner, Megan Chawner, Tianna DuPont

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Here we talk about some of the physical properties of soil including organic matter, aggregate stability, water infiltration and compaction. More
Manejo en la Postcosecha de Moras y Fresas
Manejo en la Postcosecha de Moras y Fresas - Videos Videos
¿Quiére usted ganar más para sus bayas en el mercado? Este video contiene consideraciones importantes para manejo postcosecha de bayas. More
Safety Data Sheet Use
Safety Data Sheet Use - Articles Articles

Safety Data Sheet Use

Jim Harvey

Safety data sheets (SDS) provide detailed information about all chemicals and pesticides including the chemical properties, various hazards, protective measures, and safety precautions. More
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Las Mejores Recomendaciones para Aplicadores de Pesticidas - Articles Articles

Las Mejores Recomendaciones para Aplicadores de Pesticidas

Bill Riden, Héctor Núñez Contreras

¿Cómo calibrar su equipo?, ¿Qué precauciones de seguridad a tomar? More
Fruit Production for the Home Gardener
Fruit Production for the Home Gardener - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications

Fruit Production for the Home Gardener

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

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$12.00
Grow your own fruit on a small scale. More
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