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When: May 29, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

In this workshop, we will be discussing the feasibility of intensive pear production and how pears can contribute to the diversity of fruit crops offered for sale to local consumers. Pruning techniques, rootstocks, disease resistant varieties, and tree training methods will also be covered. Pear production in North America is characterized by low-density orchards planted on seedling rootstocks with low early production and low mature yields. Most fruit growers consider pears as a long-term investment and a low profitability crop. Recently, pear rootstocks with improved precocity have become available, while techniques for managing tree growth have been developed in apple, allowing us the opportunity to evaluate high-density pear orchards that could be managed in the same way as high-density apple orchards. Although fire blight continues to be a critical challenge in pear production, fire blight resistant pears show great promise for revitalizing the Eastern pear industry. If high early production could be achieved, pears would be an attractive alternative fruit crop for fruit growers.

When: June 20, 2019, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The spring tour for young specialty crop growers will feature Bennett Orchards in Frankford, DE and the Adams County Nursery site in Ellendale, DE. It will be a marathon day, but all of the tour sites are VERY exciting. Contact Don Seifrit for information on carpooling.

When: January 27, 2020, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Each year, the Young Grower Alliance plans an in-depth workshop the day prior to the start of the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention. Dr. Suzanna Windon, who directs the Penn State Extension Emerging Leader Program, is working with YGA leaders to plan a 2020 program on leadership development.

When: January 28, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

This is an annual event during the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention. The Young Grower Alliance sponsors lunch and also lines up a speaker.