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.
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.
Beginning Commercial Tree Fruit Course Starting October 18
August 19, 2014Join Penn State Extension for this ten week program which will provide a foundation on which to build a commercial tree fruit business. The course material will start with orchard site selection and cover all aspects of growing tree fruit. We will conclude with marketing and a financial analysis. It is designed to meet the educational needs of new growers, starting with the basics and moving into the latest practices.
Weekly Insect Bytes for August 15, 2014
August 15, 2014Some of the commonly used developmental models seem to be overestimating the pace of development for codling moth and Oriental fruit moth populations in some orchards. Please use on-site monitoring as the main indicator in deciding if and when a pesticide application is necessary. All stages of brown marmorated stink bug are being observed in and outside of orchards with some locations already reporting injured fruit.