Fruit Research & Extension Center
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.
Carbohydrate Balance Model: May 21
May 21, 2013Below are tables on four sites for the Cornell Carbohydrate model for apple thinning. Please note that values for May 21 and beyond are estimated forecasts.
Disease Update: May 17, 2013
May 17, 2013Fire blight infection conditions forecasted for May 17 - 22 are high. Infection periods for apple scab, fire blight, cedar apple rust, and powdery mildew are being posted.
Carbohydrate Balance Model: May 17
May 17, 2013Below are the tables for the Cornell carbohydrate balance model from data derived from SkyBit and NEWA stations in Pennsylvania. The SkyBit stations are Wexford, Richfield and Morgantown. The NEWA stations are North East, Biglerville, Bendersville and York Springs. Remember that you should be looking at a multitude of factors when deciding on a thinning program. Following freezing temperatures at many locations on Tuesday morning, freeze damage assessment is an additional consideration. Be sure to keep good records as to when and what you apply as well as the results.