BIGLERVILLE, Pa. — Penn State Extension will hold a workshop titled Focus on Fruit Quality & Safety 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Fruit Research and Extension Center, 290 University Drive, Biglerville.
Topics will include Horticultural Practices Focused on Fruit Quality, Food Safety as Part of Your Business Plan, Effective Use of Plant Growth Regulators and Monitoring Fruit Maturity for Optimum Marketability
Featured speakers will be Rob Crassweller, professor of horticulture, and Jim Schupp, pomologist and director of the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center.
Growers will also share their perspectives on both fruit quality and food safety. A registration fee of $55 is required to attend this morning session and includes lunch. Participants will be eligible for one core credit and one category credit. More details can be found at www.paplants.state.pa.us.
Following the morning session, there will be a free pruning workshop 1:30-3 p.m. that will be open to all. Topics will include Pruning for Fruit Quality, Blueprint for a Competitive Apple Orchard System, Strategic Training of Trees of Varying Ages and Emerging Technologies for Tree Wall Systems
A special small group hands-on session for orchard employees, will be held from 3-4 p.m. after the main presentation for those interested in gaining more practical pruning experience with expert guidance.
Afternoon speakers will include Jim Schupp, Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center; Lee Showalter, Rice Fruit Co.; Rob Crassweller, Penn State Department of Plant Science; Tara Baugher, Penn State Extension; Bruce Hollabaugh, Hollabaugh Orchards (Spanish interpreter for the pruning demonstration.)
Register by Dec. 10 at http://extension.psu.edu/fruit-times or 888-472-0261.