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.
Considerations for Pruning Peach Trees with No Crop
April 24, 2014Due to low winter temperatures and spring frosts, some peach varieties may have no crop this year. Below are some considerations for managing trees with no crop.
Cherry Flower Bud Damage Observations
April 24, 2014Significant damage to cherry flower buds was observed following the freezing temperatures last week. While some of this damage may have occurred during the winter, most appears to be recent.
Another Close Call
April 21, 2014I received a phone call from Dr. Greg Peck at Virginia Tech’s lab in Winchester, VA following last week’s freezing temperatures. Greg said that he was seeing a surprising amount of freeze injury to apple flower pistils. I mentioned that our minimum temperatures hadn’t dropped below the critical values for apple buds between half inch green and tight cluster, (23° F and 27°F, respectively).