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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
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
Young Latino growers learn how to scout an orchard during a hands-on field training.
Learning Preferences of Next Generation Farmers - Articles Articles

Learning Preferences of Next Generation Farmers

Tara Baugher, Héctor Núñez Contreras, Kelly Lowery

Penn State Extension has been assessing how best to tailor our outreach and extension programming for those of you who will be the next generation of farmers. 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
Models for the Future Apple Plots: Planting of Trees following Bio-remediation
Models for the Future Apple Plots: Planting of Trees following Bio-remediation - Articles Articles
Penn State Extension partners with growers in a "Models for the Future" project to provide on-farm demonstrations for new, young, and minority farmers. Two years of bio-remediation with rotation crops suppressed nematodes and improved soil health. More
Quad V. Photo: Edwin Winzeler, Penn State
Peach Tree Pruning: Trials, Tribulations, and Looking to the Future - Articles Articles
The ideal peach training system would be productive and pedestrian, precocious and produce high quality, well-colored red fruits. More
Arturo Diaz, Field Manager, is key to making sure best practices are put into place on the farm.
Models for the Future: Twin Springs Fruit Farm - Articles Articles

Models for the Future: Twin Springs Fruit Farm

Tara Baugher, Marley E Skinner

Twin Springs Fruit Farm is located in Orrtanna, which is in the heart of the Adams County Fruit Belt. More
Models for the Future: McCleaf's Orchard
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Models for the Future: McCleaf's Orchard

Tara Baugher, Michael Basedow

McCleaf’s Orchard is a fifth generation farm originally founded in 1888 and located in Biglerville, Pennsylvania. More
Brett Saddington talking with Dr Rob Crassweller about ideal tree fruit density.
Models for the Future: Bedminster Orchard - Articles Articles

Models for the Future: Bedminster Orchard

Marley E Skinner, Megan Chawner, Tara Baugher, Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

Bedminster Orchard is located on 16 Acres in Perkasie, Pa and is owned and operated by Brett Saddington. 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
Site preparation for a "Model for the Future" apple planting in Adams County, PA. Photo: Tara Baugher
Planting Sorghum Sudangrass Following Orchard Removal - Articles Articles
In commercial grower plots, we are learning that sudangrass is an excellent first step to replant success if you recently pushed out a block of older fruit trees. More
Dull, olive green areas visible on the undersides of leaves are the first evidence of apple scab.
Tree Fruit Disease - An Apple Scab Review - Articles Articles
Early season apple disease management is primarily directed at controlling scab. More
Shortly after tree growth begins, gently remove the 3 developing shoots below the leader to eliminate competition for leader growth. Photo: Tara Baugher
Orchard Establishment - Check List for New Plantings - Articles Articles
Timely tree training and integrated management of newly planted trees will ensure the success and future profitability of high density apple plantings. 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 Team Outreach
Tree Fruit Team Outreach - Articles Articles

Tree Fruit Team Outreach

Tara Baugher

Team accomplishment report for 2016. More
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