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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

Photo: T. Baugher, Penn State
Cornell Carbohydrate Model Run for April 24, 2017
April 24, 2017
A few more weather stations are in full bloom. Normal rates of chemical thinners were recommended for the weekend, and decreased rates are suggested for the next 4 days.
Be proactive about fire blight management: Let’s not repeat 2014. (Photo: B. Lehman)
Disease Update: Blossoms Still Open—Fire Blight Risk Continues
April 21, 2017
Conditions are favorable for fire blight and apple scab. Additional tools for the fire blight management toolbox are discussed.
Photo: Tara Baugher, Penn State
Carbohydrate Model Run for April 20, 2017
April 20, 2017
Warm weather this past weekend pushed apple flower development, and growers will be looking for windows of opportunity for the application of chemical thinners.