Fruit Research and Extension Center
The Fruit Research and Extension Center (FREC) in Biglerville is situated on 180 acres of fertile land in south-central Pennsylvania, in the heart of the major tree fruit production area of the state.
In addition to providing site-specific conditions for research, the facility increases opportunities for growers, consultants, consumers, and students to observe experiments and to consult with scientists. Extension specialists apply experimental findings to local conditions, and, in turn, make suggestions to scientists about new research needs.
Tree Fruit News from Penn State Extension
Disease Update: Trauma Blight Alert For Those Who Experienced Hail This Afternoon, May 27, 2015
May 27, 2015A band of strong storms blew through PA and MD this afternoon. If you experienced hail, apply streptomycin to apple and pear trees within 24 hrs of the hail event to prevent trauma blight. More heavy thunderstorms are in the forecast until early Thursday. Please be on alert.
Promoting Return Bloom of Apple Trees
May 27, 2015This is the time of the season when next year’s flower buds are initiating and beginning to form. Your return bloom program should begin after this year’s crop becomes unresponsive to chemical thinning but before the crop becomes sensitive to the ripening effects of NAA or ethephon.
Welcoming Erin Dugan, Young Grower Alliance Coordinator and Specialty Crop Innovations Program Manager
May 27, 2015Erin Dugan recently joined Penn State Extension as Specialty Crop Innovations Program Manager and Young Grower Alliance Coordinator.
Grower Field Day
July 9, 2015