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.
Expanding Availability of Affordable Air Blast Sprayer Calibration to Growers
March 6, 2014As stated on the pesticide label – the sprayer needs calibrated before you spray! The challenge with air blast sprayer (ABS) calibration is accurately and efficiently collecting and comparing nozzle output.
Grab Some Buds
February 28, 2014Since temperatures got as low as -6˚F locally this winter, we evaluated bud mortality of four varieties of peach growing in Adams County on Feb. 26, 2014. Given the colder sub-zero temperatures experienced this winter in parts of western and northern Pennsylvania, it is likely that flower bud mortality may be higher in these regions.
Scholarship Opportunity for Young Growers Interested in Pursuing Careers in the PA Fruit Industry
February 26, 2014The Young Grower Alliance and the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania (SHAP) announce the availability of scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year for students planning to pursue careers in the Pennsylvania fruit industry. Scholarship applicants must maintain full time enrollment in an undergraduate program at a university, college, community college or trade or technical school. Scholarships are open to high school seniors and students currently enrolled in a degree program.