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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
Spring Orchard Meetings
Spring Orchard Meetings - Workshops Workshops

Spring Orchard Meetings

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Penn State Extension has planned ten educational meetings for commercial tree fruit growers this spring. 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
Tips and tricks to mitigate 2018 disease problems this fall. Photo: K. Peter, Penn State.
Tree Fruit Disease Management: Final Touches on the 2017 Season - News News
Growers can get a jump on management for this fall to control fungal and bacterial disease in apples and stone fruit to mitigate problems in the 2018 season. More
Bacterial spot on peach fruit. Photo by S. Bardsley.
Stone Fruit Disease - Bacterial Spot, Refining Disease Management - Articles Articles
Bacterial spot, Xanthomonas arboricola pv. pruni, is a difficult disease to manage. More
Codling moth injured apple fruit. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
Weekly Insect Bytes for May 19th, 2017 - News News
During a normal season in orchards with a pest pressure, the seasonal management of the codling moth (CM) larvae should be initiated at around 250 DD50 after the biofix. More
Time to Download the 2018 Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet
Time to Download the 2018 Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet - News News
The updated Penn State Extension Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet for apples, pears, peaches, and cherries is now available from Penn State Extension. More
Photo by Tara Baugher
Spray Record-Keeping - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps
This spreadsheet should be used with a season-long Integrated Pest Management Plan. Talk to your Penn State Extension educator if you need help building one. More
Plum Pox Virus
Plum Pox Virus - Videos Videos
Part 3, 6 minutes. More
Fruit Tree Propagation - Grafting and Budding
Fruit Tree Propagation - Grafting and Budding - Articles Articles
This article provides information on a few successful propagation methods that can be used on fruit trees. More
Soil testing throughout the project helps determine if any soil amendments are needed. Photo: Kristi Kraft
Start Farming: Establishing Farmers Prepare Fields for Fruit Trees - Articles Articles
"Models for the Future" demonstration plots showcase best management practices for producers in the establishing years of developing their farm enterprises. 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
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
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