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FREC Centennial Celebration and Field Day

Posted: May 21, 2018

The Fruit Research and Extension Center has a one hundred-year history of developing scientific information for the benefit of the fruit industry throughout Pennsylvania. Join us on July 10, 2018 for our celebration.
Fruit Research Lab, Arendtsville, PA—inspecting fruit at harvest. (1940s?) Left to Right: Dean Asquith, Entomology, Frank Hewetson, Pomology, and Fred Lewis, Pathology (see comments at the end of this article)

Fruit Research Lab, Arendtsville, PA—inspecting fruit at harvest. (1940s?) Left to Right: Dean Asquith, Entomology, Frank Hewetson, Pomology, and Fred Lewis, Pathology (see comments at the end of this article)

The Fruit Research and Extension Center (FREC) is holding a Centennial Celebration and Field Day July 10, 2018, at 290 University Dr., Biglerville, PA 17307, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Registration will be online and the fee is $20.00 per person, including a chicken barbecue lunch and all educational materials.

In the morning after the Opening Ceremony, faculty and graduate student work will be highlighted during field and poster sessions. After lunch, concurrent sessions will be taking place on cutting-edge specialty crop research in the areas of plant pathology, entomology, pomology, and agricultural engineering.

Fruit Research and Extension Center History Snapshot

The college established a field laboratory at Arendtsville in 1918 and appointed a plant pathologist and an entomologist to work on fruit problems in the region. Closed temporarily as an economic measure in 1936—the laboratory reopened in 1937 due to the recognition that certain kinds of research could best be conducted in this fruit-producing region. Land and buildings purchased in Arendtsville were remodeled into offices and laboratories, and a greenhouse was added for studies of virus diseases. Three faculty members conducted the center's research programs. Expansion took place over the following years:

  • Because of the increased need for fruit research into new cultural practices, pesticides, and virus diseases, the College of Agriculture Sciences purchased additional farmland at Biglerville in 1956 and added a plant virologist to its faculty in 1965.
  • A grant from the Musselman Foundation, along with funds from state and federal sources, made possible the construction of a new laboratory, office, greenhouse, and service facilities at Biglerville in 1971.
  • To support much-needed research in postharvest physiology, a new state-of-the-art, computerized, controlled-atmosphere storage facility was built in 1989.

Today, independent studies in entomology, plant pathology, pomology, and ag engineering are conducted in orchards, laboratories, and buildings with specialized facilities and equipment. Studies include improved methods of fruit production, better pest and disease control programs, and more recently the discipline of automation and precision engineering.

Please plan to join us as we celebrate this very important milestone for our Fruit Research and Extension Center!

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Centennial Celebration & Field Day

Who are these three gentlemen in the photo and what are they doing?

  • "I think they are some of the original FREC scientists inspecting fruit at harvest." Tara Baugher, Extension Educator—Tree Fruit
  • "I would agree with Tara on what the men are doing. However, who they are is a mystery." Rob Crassweller, Professor of Horticulture—Extension Specialist, Tree Fruit Production
  • "I may be totally wrong on this but I think it might be a young Dean Asquith (L), Frank Hewetson (he was taller than Fred and Dean and is in the center of this picture) and Fred Lewis (R).  It might be a picture in the 1940's...all three were there by then. I never saw any pictures of other scientists at the Fruit Research Lab (FRL) other than Stuart Frost in the 1920's. So that is my best guess!" Larry Hull, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Entomology

Can you identify the scientists in this photo?