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

 Be vigilant and scout for apple scab! Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
June Diseases for the Grower Radar
May 26, 2017
Diseases for the fruit grower radar and their management strategies are discussed as we wrap up May and begin June.
Too late to manage peach leaf curl when symptoms are present. Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
Disease of the Month: Peach Leaf Curl
May 26, 2017
Peach leaf curl has caught many folks off guard this year. Tips for preventing the disease next season are discussed.
Growing apple terminal injured by Obliquebanded leafroller (June). Photo: Greg Krawczyk
Entomology Update for June 2017
May 26, 2017
The 2017 biofix for the first brood tufted apple bud moth (TABM) at the Penn State orchards in Biglerville was established on May 1st while for the obliquebanded leafroller (OBLR) on May 20th.