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.
Disease Update: Apple Scab Infection Warning
April 15, 2014Apple scab spores are rapidly maturing and beginning to discharge. Combined with the rain and temperatures in the 60s, these are great conditions for scab infection. Early season apple cultivars with green tissue need to be protected.
Disease Update: Get your motor running…
April 10, 2014If not already completed, copper sprays are encouraged for fungal and bacterial disease control. Scab spores have not yet been released. Excellent resources are available for growers for resistance management this season.
EPA Announces Proposed Changes to the Farm Worker Protection Standard
March 28, 2014In the March 19, 2014 Federal Register the Environmental Protection Agency issued proposed changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS). The intent of these changes is increase protections from pesticide exposure for the nation’s two million agricultural workers and their families.