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2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Final Report of the 2018 Season - News News
The hot, wet summer and early fall weather continued to delay the late-season apple crop until the middle of October. More
GoldRush apples in a tall-spindle planting. Photo: Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Mid-October Report - News News
The hot, wet summer and early fall weather continued to affect the apple crop in October. More
Summary of Apple Fruit Maturity During August and September 2018
Summary of Apple Fruit Maturity During August and September 2018 - News News
This year’s bloom was later than in 2017. With a later bloom and a cool rainy season, we initially wondered when this year’s apple crop would be ready to pick. More
Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
Fruit Disorders: Prevention of Scarf Skin on Apple Fruit - News News
Scarf skin is a physiological disorder of apple fruit that causes a dull gray cloudy or waxy appearance on the surface of the peel (epidermis) where it is most readily observed on varieties with a red or dark red background. More
2018 Maturity Assessment: Weeks Nine and Ten
2018 Maturity Assessment: Weeks Nine and Ten - News News
The hot, wet summer weather continues to affect our apple crop. While size is not a problem, red color development continues to be problematic in most varieties. More
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Eight
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Eight - News News
This week we added Autumn Crisp, Daybreak Fuji, and CrimsonCrisp to our evaluations. More
Daybreak Fuji fruit size and color in Adams County Pennsylvania on September 6, 2018. Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Seven - News News
Many locations in the Mid-Atlantic States recorded above-average temperatures and rainfall during August. These warm temperatures retarded red color development and reduced soluble solids (sugars) in Honeycrisp apples. More
Figure 1. Tree-ripe Gala (Kidd’s D-8) apple picked in Central Maryland on August 29, 2018. This apple had a visible stem-end crack, with little starch (blue stain) in the flesh. Photo credit: Kathy Hunt, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Week Six - News News
While Gala is a small apple, its flavor and heat tolerance has made it a mainstay of the August harvest. More
Color sorting Premier Honeycrisp apples in the laboratory for storage trials. Photo: Chris Walsh, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessments: Week Five - News News
The Premier Honeycrisp harvest is ending as the Honeycrisp and Gala are maturing. More
Photo credit: Chris Walsh, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Maturity Assessment: Week Four - News News
We have been monitoring Premier Honeycrisp maturation and tree ripening for the past three years. Every year we are surprised how quickly they move from un-ripe to tree-ripe and then begin to drop. More
Growers with Premier Honeycrisp plantings should monitor fruit maturity and be ready to pick this early variety. Photo: Chris Walsh, University of Maryland
2018 Apple Harvest: Where Are We Now? - News News
Apple bloom in 2018 was later than bloom in 2017. With a later bloom and a cool rainy season, we’re all wondering when this year's apple crop will be ready to pick. More
Bitter pit showing up on apples at harvest.
Preharvest Assessment of the Potential for Bitter Pit in Honeycrisp - News News
This article describes a new test methodology that is available for growers that are interested in trying to predict the potential for a lot of fruit to develop bitter pit in storage. 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
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
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
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
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