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.
Educational Tour for Young Specialty Crop and Livestock Producers
August 25, 2014The Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance is sponsoring a tour to Spiral Path Farm and North Mountain Pastures on Tuesday, November 18, 9 am to 3 pm.
Weekly Insect Bytes for August 22, 2014
August 22, 2014Moderate temperatures observed so far this month extended the flights of the second generation of tufted apple bud moth and obliquebanded leafroller. Colder than usual weather also stretched the traditional periods when the control of these two pests may be needed.
Spotted Wing Drosophila Management in Late Season Raspberries
August 20, 2014Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) that are in the remaining blackberries and blueberries being harvested could build up and move into adjacent late season raspberries. If your trap catches are high and you have had some problems with infested fruit, consider a post-harvest spray to reduce populations that are feeding on the last unpicked berries and dropped fruit.