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In recognition of their work in eradicating Plum Pox Virus, research and industry partners received a USDA award. Pictured is Jim Lerew, one of the local growers recognized in the ceremony.
PA Plum Pox Eradication - A Blueprint for Future Plant Disease Outbreaks - Articles Articles
In an increasingly global society, the transmission of viruses and various diseases has been facilitated through our own technologies. 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
Pine vole injury is found on the below-ground portions of a tree.
Vole Management: "Winterizing" your Orchard from Vole Damage - Articles Articles

Vole Management: "Winterizing" your Orchard from 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
Pine vole damage and runway.
An Integrated Approach to Wildlife Management in Orchards - Articles Articles
As with integrated pest management for insect pests, IPM for wildlife management involves integrating multiple control strategies, and the key to success is routine monitoring. More
Peach trees are in full bloom in many orchards, while apple trees are at the tight cluster stage.
Assessing Fruit Bud Survival and Crop Potential - Articles Articles

Assessing Fruit Bud Survival and Crop Potential

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
The tall spindle was developed as an offshoot of the slender spindle training system to take advantage of increased canopy volume by increasing tree height.
Cookbook Guidelines for Training Various Apple Production Systems - Articles Articles
As the Pennsylvania fruit industry moves from conventional medium-density, freestanding orchards to high-density, supported orchards, many pruning and training modifications must be made. More
One Year Old Apple Planting. Photo credit: Tara Baugher.
Beginning Grower: Planning and Planting an Orchard - Articles Articles
Planning and Preparing a Site for a New Orchard Begins 2 to 3 Years Ahead of Planting. Mistakes made in planning and planting an orchard cannot easily be reversed. More
Artistic Culture of Fruit Trees in the Home Landscape
Artistic Culture of Fruit Trees in the Home Landscape - Articles Articles
Dwarf fruit trees are ideal for the home landscape, especially if space is limited. They can be trained along fences, walls and walkways or in interesting individual shapes and designs. More
Bench Grafting Apple Trees
Bench Grafting Apple Trees - Videos Videos

Bench Grafting Apple Trees

Mike Basedow, Tara Baugher

In this video, we will discuss how to bench graft varieties onto the rootstock of your choice. More
Bark Grafting Apple Trees
Bark Grafting Apple Trees - Videos Videos

Bark Grafting Apple Trees

Mike Basedow, Tara Baugher

In this video, we will discuss how to bark graft a block of trees to quickly convert a portion of orchard. More
Automation of Dormant Pruning
Automation of Dormant Pruning - Articles Articles

Automation of Dormant Pruning

James Schupp, Ph.D., Tara Baugher

To reduce labor inputs in orchards a multi-state, multi-disciplinary team is developing innovative technologies for automating pruning on apple trees. More
Mechanical Thinner
Crop Load Management Innovations - Articles Articles

Crop Load Management Innovations

James Schupp, Ph.D., Tara Baugher

Mechanical thinning research has resulted in new technologies for reducing labor requirement in orchards. More
Harvest Assist Technologies
Harvest Assist Technologies - Articles Articles

Harvest Assist Technologies

James Schupp, Ph.D., Tara Baugher

Labor costs associated with fruit harvest are roughly 40% of an orchard enterprise annual budget, and fruit industry has identified harvest mechanization and automation as a research priority. More
Mobile Orchard Platforms
Mobile Orchard Platforms - Articles Articles

Mobile Orchard Platforms

Tara Baugher, James Schupp, Ph.D.

Mobile orchard platforms increase efficiency of pruning, thinning and harvesting tall spindle systems trained to a fruiting wall. More
Photo: Amy Tabb
Sensor and Imaging Technologies and Weather Modeling - Articles Articles

Sensor and Imaging 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
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