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.
It’s That Time: Early Season Tree Fruit Disease Control for 2015
March 6, 2015Dormant season urea and copper sprays are recommended for decreasing available populations of apple scab spores and fire blight bacteria in the orchard for the 2015 season.
Is Everything (Still) Just Peachy?
March 6, 2015Prior to pruning peach trees this season, check for bud mortality from subzero winter temperatures.
Follow-Up to the Winter Educational Meeting Presentation on Getting the Upper Hand on Troublesome Weeds
March 6, 2015This week at a winter meeting I was asked why poison ivy seems to be popping up in orchards where it was never seen before and in isolated spots. I suspect you will see a lot of perennial species popping up in new areas for several reasons.