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

Hail damaged fruit need protection from fruit rots. Photo: T. Ford, Penn State
Managing Fruit Rots This Season
July 28, 2017
Management considerations are discussed for mitigating pome and stone fruit rots. Hail damaged fruit destined for juicing still need protection from rots.
Worker Protection Standard Materials Available at Ag Progress Days
July 28, 2017
For growers going to Ag Progress Days August 15, 16 and 17 you can pick up free Worker Protection Standard materials at the Rural Health and Safety Tent at the corner of Demo Alley and W. 6th street.
Photo: Sladjana Prozo
Preharvest Assessment of the Potential for Bitter Pit in Honeycrisp
July 28, 2017
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.