Apples

Insect pest control in an early season

You probably have heard it a thousand times already but the degree days base 43°F accumulation for March 23 in southern Pennsylvania is about 4 weeks ahead compared to previous years (or 3 weeks compared... more »

Spraying oil for pest control

It will be interesting to see just how faithfully arthropod pest development responds to ambient temperatures during this year's unnaturally early spring warm-up, and whether our traditional correlations with tree phenology will break down in... more »

Managing orchard nutrition during an early spring

Early spring growth this year raises several questions about nutrient management in orchards. First, when should spring nitrogen (N) fertilizers be applied? Typically, N is applied either in a single application as growth begins in... more »

Growers to receive orchard survey

Tree fruit growers in Washington, Michigan and New York will be receiving a survey from Haley Consulting Services asking growers about their horticultural practices and orchard characteristics. Responding to the survey is critical, as growers’... more »

EPA approves Fontelis

EPA has granted registration approval for DuPont Crop Protection’s Fontelis fungicide. Fruit, vegetable, peanut and other specialty crop growers now have a tool to help them produce higher yields with enhanced quality, despite soilborne and... more »

Apple disease situation in this year of early onset of bloom

Releases of mature apple scab ascospores were detected from March 16 to 18 at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, PA (Figure 1). Dormant copper sprays are recommended before green tip... more »

Heat wave has apple growers feeling rotten

Record heat marching across the Midwest may bite the 2012 fruit crop.The mercury hit 70 again on Monday at Small's Fruit Farm in Mondamin. It had apple growers Jim and Renee Small feeling rotten."This is... more »

Brides toast outdoor weddings as fruit growers fret forecast

Above-normal U.S. temperatures that have depressed natural gas prices and threatened some crops are being celebrated by brides with outdoor ceremonies and cocktails in March.A streak that led to the fourth-warmest U.S. winter on record... more »


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