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Can Peach Consumption be Increased? - Articles Articles
According to USDA statistics, in 2016 California was the leading free-stone peach producing state with 247,000 tons. More
Apple rootstock in tissue culture: Photo by Yongjian Chang, North American Plants Inc.
Advances in Rootstock Genetics and Breeding - Articles Articles
Developing new fruit rootstocks and cultivars using traditional breeding techniques is a slow process because a new rootstock must have many desirable characteristics without many undesirable traits. More
Soggy breakdown on Honeycrisp fruit. Photo courtesy of Yosef Al Shoffe, Cornell
Fruit Disorders - Harvest Practices to Prevent Storage Disorders in Honeycrisp - Articles Articles

Fruit Disorders - Harvest Practices to Prevent Storage Disorders in Honeycrisp

Tara Baugher, James Schupp, Ph.D., Rich Marini, Ph.D., Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Chris Walsh

There are many factors that affect Honeycrisp storage behavior, and some occur during harvest. More
Alfalfa regrowth after the last summer cutting. Image Credit: Hanna Wells.
Potassium Management to Improve Alfalfa Winter Survival - Articles Articles
Proper potassium management in fall can improve winter survival of alfalfa. More
Nitrogen deficiency in corn, characterized by yellowing along the midrib of the lower leaves, starting at the leaf tip and moving towards the stalk. (Image credit: Charlie White)
What is the Potential for Nitrogen Losses from Extreme Summer Rainfall - Articles Articles
The severity of nitrogen losses from extreme summer rainfalls, and how you react to them, depends on many factors. More
Potassium deficiency on this corn crop is exhibited by yellowing and necrosis of the leaf edges in the lower part of the canopy. Image credit: Jeff Graybill
Scouting for Nutrient Deficiencies - Articles Articles
Regular visual inspections, paired with tissue testing, soil sampling, and some help from eyes in the sky, can help diagnose nutrient deficiencies in a growing crop. More
Urea granules treated with a urease inhibitor. Photo credit: Charlie White
Will Your Nitrogen Stabilizer be Effective? - Articles Articles
Nitrogen stabilizer products are valuable management tools to prevent losses of N fertilizer and increase N use efficiency by the crop. Knowing how these products work will you help you maximize their effectiveness. 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
Photo credit: Patrick Drohan
Soil pH Affects Forage Production - Articles Articles

Soil pH Affects Forage Production

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., Charles White

Soil pH can be one of the greatest determinates of forage productivity and stand life. More
Photo: Sladjana Prozo
Fruit Disorders: New Tool to Assess the Potential for Bitter Pit in Honeycrisp - Articles Articles
Bitter pit severity varies with cultivar and season, but Honeycrisp is particularly susceptible. Penn State has developed a new model for predicting bitter pit potential. More
Top dominant trees in an older orchard. Photo: Rob Crasswellar, Penn State
Home Gardening: Pruning to Renovate Old Fruit Trees - Articles Articles

Home Gardening: Pruning to Renovate Old Fruit Trees

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Rich Marini, Ph.D., Tara Baugher, Timothy Elkner

Use judicious pruning to renovate older fruit trees in your home landscape. More
'Golden Delicious' on MM.111 rootstock and a 12" M.9 interstem in one of Roy Simons' trials at Illinois. Photo: Rich Marini, Penn State
Apple Rootstocks: Interstem Apple Trees Revisited - Articles Articles
Some growers are considering interstem trees as a way to avoid some of the problems experienced with the more common dwarfing rootstocks. More
A field must have greater than 25% crop residue cover or a cover crop to be eligible for winter manure spreading, along with other restrictions. Photo credit: Charlie White
The Do’s and Don’ts of Winter Manure Spreading - Articles Articles
If winter manure spreading is absolutely unavoidable, follow these requirements to do it legally. More
Can I Apply Potash in Winter?
Can I Apply Potash in Winter? - Articles Articles

Can I Apply Potash in Winter?

Charles White, Nicole Santangelo

Ensuring properly timed potassium applications where they are needed when conditions permit. More
Cold-injured primary blackberry bud (left) and uninjured secondary bud (right). Photo credit: Fumi Takeda, USDA-ARS-AFRS
Small Fruit Cold Hardiness - Winter Injury in Brambles - Articles Articles

Small Fruit Cold Hardiness - Winter Injury in Brambles

Rich Marini, Ph.D., Kathy Demchak

Weather is also becoming more variable resulting in early-winter cold snaps and winter thaws followed by extreme cold events. More
Summer shearing of peach trees can reduce fruit size and soluble solids, but if vigorous vegetative shoots that shade the tree interior are removed by hand pruning by early July, quality shoots in the tree interior can be maintained.
Fruit Tree Pruning - Summer Pruning Cautions - Articles Articles
Summer pruning is a vague term and simply refers to the time of year pruning is performed (when trees have foliage) and does not describe the type of pruning cuts. More
Photo: Tara Baugher
Fruit Color - Promoting Red Color Development in Apple - Articles Articles
Fruit surface color is complex due to genetics and mutations, environmental factors, crop load, plant nutrition, plant stresses, and plant growth regulators. More
Fruit Harvest - Estimating Apple Yield and Fruit Size
Fruit Harvest - Estimating Apple Yield and Fruit Size - Articles Articles
Early-season yield and packout predictions are useful for growers and packers to plan for adequate harvest labor and storage space and to develop an orderly marketing plan. More
Tree Fruit Cold Hardiness - Effect of Pruning
Tree Fruit Cold Hardiness - Effect of Pruning - Articles Articles
When there is a sudden drop in temperature the trees most injured are those that lack adequate vigor, those that were too vigorous, and those that had been pruned before the cold event. More
Bitter pit begins to show up on Honeycrisp several weeks before harvest and the incidence can increase two- to four-fold after a month in storage. Photo: Tara Baugher
Apple Fruit Disorders - Crop Load and Nutrient Management to Prevent Bitter Pit - Articles Articles

Apple Fruit Disorders - Crop Load and Nutrient Management to Prevent Bitter Pit

Tara Baugher, Rich Marini, Ph.D., James Schupp, Ph.D.

Multiple years of studies in grower orchards are providing additional clues for managing Honeycrisp in the orchard to prevent bitter pit following storage. More
Tree Fruit Cold Hardiness - Pruning Peach Trees with No Crop
Tree Fruit Cold Hardiness - Pruning Peach Trees with No Crop - Articles Articles
Low winter temperatures and/or spring frosts sometimes result in the loss of the entire peach crop. Below are some considerations for managing trees with no crop. More
Pruning just before a cold snap increases susceptibility to injury.
Tree Fruit Cold Hardiness - Pruning Effects - Articles Articles

Tree Fruit Cold Hardiness - Pruning Effects

Rich Marini, Ph.D., James Schupp, Ph.D.

Fruit trees begin to go dormant in response to shortening day length in the fall. Exposure to freezing temperatures accelerates the onset of dormancy. More
Cross-sections of live (top) and dead (lower) peach flower buds showing cold injury. Photo by E. Winzeler.
Orchard Frost - Assessing Peach Bud Injury - Articles Articles
Most years some peach flower buds are damaged by winter cold or spring frost. More
Photo: Rich Marini
Strawberry Cultivars - An Historical View - Articles Articles
Do you think older strawberry cultivars tasted better than the newer cultivars? More
Figure 5. Alternating row configuration is one strategy to manage competition between species in a mixture. Here forage radish alternates with Austrian winter pea.
Making the Most of Mixtures: Considerations for Winter Cover Crops - Articles Articles
This article discusses tailoring a cover crop mixture, building a complementary mix, determining which species to use, methods to establish mixtures, and considerations when terminating mixtures. More
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