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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

Postharvest fungicide sprays are necessary to prevent defoliation from cherry leaf spot. Photo: K. Peter, Penn State
Getting the Upper Hand on Tree Fruit Diseases in July
July 18, 2017
Conditions may be optimal for several fungal and bacterial pome and stone fruit diseases in July.
Japanese beetles feeding on nectarine fruit. Photo: G. Krawczyk, Penn State
Insect Bytes for July 07, 2017
July 7, 2017
Japanese beetles (JB) are frequently being observed in most fruit orchards and causing severe injuries to foliage by skeletonizing of leaves.
Spotted wing drosophila male under a berry. Photo: K. Demchak
Spotted Wing Drosophila Season Is Early This Year
July 3, 2017
Given the mild winter and earliness of berry crops this year, it’s not a big surprise that spotted wing drosophila presence is early, too.