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Black rot on cabbage, caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris. Note characteristic “V” shaped lesions starting at leaf margin. Photo: Lee Stivers, Penn State
Vegetable - Small Fruit Current Issues: Mid-June 2018 - News News
Cloudy weather, rainstorms, and variable temperatures across the state have slowed some crops and created very favorable conditions for disease development. More
Are your berries turning brown and drying up? Check to see that the pedicle is not damaged. Photo: Kathy Demchak, Penn State
Causes of Strawberry Blossom Blights and Dried Berries - News News
The warm wet weather the past couple of weeks together with high humidity is creating perfect conditions for a number of strawberry diseases. More
Pepper transplants. Photo: Tom Ford, Penn State
Vegetable - Small Fruit Current Issues: May 18, 2018 - News News
It’s no secret that this spring has been cold and wet across Pennsylvania. On many farms, planting has been delayed as much as three weeks, and many crops already in the ground are developing more slowly than usual. More
Strawberry plant with mild winter injury. Photo: Kathy Demchak
Spring Strawberry Growth, or Lack Thereof - News News
This year, we had a long cold winter, the spring warm-up just isn’t happening yet in much of the state, and plant growth is nearly 2 weeks behind schedule. More
Thinning Peach Blossoms: Increase Fruit Size and Reduce Labor Requirement
Thinning Peach Blossoms: Increase Fruit Size and Reduce Labor Requirement - News News
Peach blossoms are just starting to open this season, and full bloom will be more than a week later than normal. More
Orchard IPM - Field Guide to Tree Fruit Disorders, Pests, and Beneficials
Orchard IPM - Field Guide to Tree Fruit Disorders, Pests, and Beneficials - News News
This Penn State Extension publication, in Spanish and English, is designed for use by orchard employees - often the first individuals to detect a new occurrence of a fruit disease or insect pest. More
‘Mayflower’ (East Malling, U.K.) is a mid-late season variety. Photo: Kathy Demchak, Penn State
Strawberry Variety Update – Fall 2017 - News News
It’s that time of year when we start thinking about putting together plant orders for next season. More
2017 SHAP Apple Maturity Overview – Final Posting
2017 SHAP Apple Maturity Overview – Final Posting - News News
In response to an early bloom, wet spring and dry summer, apples matured earlier than normal in 2017. More
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments – Week Thirteen
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments – Week Thirteen - News News
We again sampled Aztec Fuji, Cripps Pink (Pink Lady) and Granny Smith this week. More
Aztec Fuji fruit bowl. Photo: Chris Walsh, University of Maryland
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments – Week Twelve - News News
This week we sampled Aztec Fuji, Cripps Pink (Pink Lady) and Granny Smith grown in Maryland. More
Both Cripps Pink (Pink Lady) and Granny Smith are ripening, but also showing signs of sun damage from the dry weather in September. Photo: Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments – Week Eleven - News News
Apple harvest in 2017 has been well ahead of “normal.” This week we again sampled late-season apples, Cripps Pink (Pink Lady) and Granny Smith. More
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments - Week Ten
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments - Week Ten - News News
Granny Smith fruit harvested from Western Maryland are nearing storage maturity, and Cripps Pink fruit are beginning to lose ground color. More
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments – Week Eight and Nine
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments – Week Eight and Nine - News News
Apple harvest in 2017 has been well ahead of “normal.” To update you on late season apples, this week we sampled Nagafu Fuji and GoldRush. More
Guide to Better Apple Picking - Training Video in English or Spanish
Guide to Better Apple Picking - Training Video in English or Spanish - News News
An on-line training video developed by Penn State describes best practices for ensuring optimum fruit quality when harvesting apples. More
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments - Week Seven
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments - Week Seven - News News
This week we received three fruit samples from a Maryland grower who grows a wide variety of ‘newer’ apple cultivars for direct-market sales. More
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments - Week Six
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments - Week Six - News News
Daybreak Fuji and Olympic Asian Pear are ten days ahead of last year. More
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week Five
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week Five - News News
Focus on Honeycrisp, what a difference a week makes! More
Topworked block of hard cider varieties under trial at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center. Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
Penn State Cider Orchard Production Survey Findings - News News
The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Team conducted a survey to assess the needs of hard cider fruit producers across the state and the Mid-Atlantic region. More
Photo 1: Measuring the starch pattern index. Photo by Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week Four - News News
With the continued cooler temperatures and heavy rainfall in August, fruit size and red color are good. Gala harvest is in full swing; picking began soon after we sampled. More
Range of Premier Honeycrisp maturities for the whole tree strip-picked on August 15, 2017. Fruits were hand-sorted in the laboratory for a storage study, using 1962 USDA Golden Delicious Color Chips. Photo: Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week Three - News News
Week 3 maturity assessments indicate a need to be ready for an early apple harvest and possible spray applications to prevent preharvest drop. More
Buckeye Gala (left) Premier Honeycrisp (right) Photos: T. Baugher, Penn State
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week Two - News News
This week, maturity of Premier Honeycrisp, Honeycrisp and two red Gala cultivars are compared. More
Ultima Gala (left) Honeycrisp (right) Photo: Kathleen W. Hunt, University of Maryland
2017 Apple Maturity Assessments—Week One - News News
August 1, 2017 we collected our first fruit samples for assessments of the maturity of Premier Honeycrisp, Honeycrisp, Buckeye Gala, and Ultima Gala. More
Blush and ground color changes as fruit mature. Photo: Brianne Redman
Assessing Apple Fruit Maturity in 2017 - News News
This is the second year of a grower-funded project to routinely assess fruit starch levels, ground color, and other maturity indices. 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
New cane poking through bag. Photo: Kathy Demchak
High Tunnel Raspberries in Grow Bags – Lessons Learned! - News News
An update to last Fall’s article on growing berries in grow bags is sorely needed, just to keep other people from repeating some of our less-than-enjoyable experiences. More
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