Tree Fruit Insect and Mite Pest Management

Photos, fact sheets, seasonal recommendations and answers to FAQs to help you ID and manage orchard insect and mite pests.

Identification, scouting, and management of common fruit insect and mite pests.

Answers to common questions we receive on applying IPM practices in orchards.

Best Horticultural Practices for Orchards

Fact Sheets and seasonal observations on orchard fertilization, weed control and various cultural practices affecting fruit quality.

Fact sheets that will help you plan, establish and manage an orchard or small fruit planting.

Short "Learn Now" videos on sustainable and innovative production practices.

Tree Fruit Disease Control

Fact sheets and seasonal observations to help you ID and manage common orchard diseases.

Symptom, life cycle and management information for common fruit diseases.

Spray Record-keeping Spreadsheet for Orchards

This version of the spray record-keeping spreadsheet was updated in February, 2018. This year we updated the spreadsheet with over 15 new products. All updates are based on the information in the Tree Fruit Production Guide. Growers should utilize both of these tools for a complete IPM program. Throughout the year we received comments on PHI Release Date, Unit Prices and more. We've tried to incorporate all these updates. As always, feel free to send ideas and comments as you're utilizing the sheet. We hope all growers will have an excellent year and stay safe by following proper spray procedures.
Microsoft Excel, 2.0 MB

This sheet should be used with a season-long Integrated Pest Management Plan. Talk to your Penn State Extension educator if you need help building one. A nice way to review the principles of IPM is to view a new Penn State Extension Video on IPM in Orchards. The video is also available in Spanish. General Instructions for Use: 1) Begin with the tab labeled "Background Info" and fill in Grower Name, Grower Number, Farm Information and Applicator Information; 2) The tabs named "Apples," "Peaches," "Cherries" and "Pears" are for recording your sprays. 3) Make an entry each time a product is used in the field by clicking the tab for the crop you wish to record. For each application, fill in columns in blue. Skipping a line before recording your next spray will create an easier to read form. Always read the pesticide label.

Resources for Small and Beginning Growers

Information on farm business management, including the Start Farming project, models for the future, land acquisition, value-added agriculture and food for profit. Resources also available for new women farmers, young next generation producers and next generation Hispanic producers.

Resources in Spanish

Recursos para los agricultores.

Tree Fruit Budgets

Within the Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide are budgets for tree fruit production. When considering planting an orchard or removing an existing block and replanting, you may use the budget tools to calculate your potential costs. You may also use these tools to calculate your production costs on a per acre basis.
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From 2018-2019 Tree Fruit Production Guide.

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