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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
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
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
Pine vole injury is found on the below-ground portions of a tree.
Orchard Wildlife Management: Preventing Vole Damage - Articles Articles

Orchard Wildlife Management: Preventing Vole Damage

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Tara Baugher

One of the last tasks in getting orchards ready for winter is planning your strategy to control voles and prevent their damage. More
Photo: Amy Tabb
Orchard Precision - Sensor Technologies and Weather Modeling - Articles Articles

Orchard Precision - Sensor Technologies and Weather Modeling

James Schupp, Ph.D., Tara Baugher, Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Grzegorz (Greg) Krawczyk, Ph.D.

Sensor and imaging technologies, along with weather modeling, are being investigated for applications in intensive orchard systems. 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
Tree Fruit Bloom Stages - Pear
Tree Fruit Bloom Stages - Pear - Articles Articles

Tree Fruit Bloom Stages - Pear

Tara Baugher, Edwin Winzeler

Stages of pear fruit bud development. More
Peach trees are in full bloom in many orchards, while apple trees are at the tight cluster stage.
Orchard Frost - Assessing Fruit Bud Survival - Articles Articles

Orchard Frost - Assessing Fruit Bud Survival

Tara Baugher, James Schupp, Ph.D.

Following a freeze event in your orchard, focus on bud survival by using a technique Jim Schupp adapted from strategies to adjust crop load at thinning time. More
Tree Fruit Disease and Pest Control - Targeted Spray Application Technologies
Tree Fruit Disease and Pest Control - Targeted Spray Application Technologies - Articles Articles
New spray application technologies reduce spray drift and improve precision management in orchards. 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
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
Orchard Site Preparation: Bio-renovation
Orchard Site Preparation: Bio-renovation - Videos Videos

Orchard Site Preparation: Bio-renovation

Tara Baugher, Tianna DuPont

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Before establishing a new orchard block, carefully assess all the factors that will affect fruit quality, production efficiency, and orchard sustainability. More
Extension Tree Fruit Team – Putting Knowledge to Work
Extension Tree Fruit Team – Putting Knowledge to Work - Videos Videos

Extension Tree Fruit Team – Putting Knowledge to Work

Tara Baugher, James Schupp, Ph.D.

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Tree Fruit Extension programs are conducted across 9 regions of the state and focus on priorities identified by producers. More