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Tree Fruit Production Guides


  • Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide - 2020-2021
    The Pennsylvania Tree Fruit Production Guide collates information on the full range of commercial tree fruit production issues. The guide is revised every two years with input by a score of Penn State faculty members and other consultants. Available formats: Hard Copy (Code AGRS-045): 35.00 + Shipping, Electronic (PDF) version (Code AGRS-045D): $15.00, Bundle: $45 + Shipping (Hard Copy + PDF) (Code AGRS-045 Bundle)

  • New Jersey Commercial Tree Fruit Production Guide, 220-E002
    This fruit production guide is for the commercial grower. Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension, published 3/27/2020

  • Postharvest Handling of Fruits and Vegetables
    Appropriate production practices, careful harvesting, and proper packaging, storage, and transport all contribute to good produce quality. This publication covers postharvest practices suitable for small-scale operations, and points out the importance of production and harvesting techniques for improving quality and storability. Various methods for cooling fresh produce are discussed, and resources are listed for further information, equipment, and supplies. National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, Janet Bachmann and Richard Earles, NCAT Agriculture Specialists, Published 2000 © NCAT IP116

  • The Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables, and Florist and Nursery Stocks (Handbook # 66, Revised Feb. 2016)
    Edited by Kenneth C. Gross, Chien Yi Wang, and Mikal Saltveit. Gross and Wang are formerly with the Food Quality Laboratory, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD. They are now retired. Saltveit is with the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA.

    Agriculture Handbook 66 (AH-66) represents a complete revision and major expansion of the 1986 edition. It has been reorganized and now includes 17 Chapters and 138 Commodity Summaries written by nearly a hundred experts in plant science and postharvest technology. This version, like the previous editions of AH- 66 in 1954, 1968, 1977, and 1986, presents summaries of current storage requirements of fresh fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, and other horticultural crops. However, this highly expanded version also includes information on quality characteristics, maturity indices, grading, packaging, precooling, retail display, chilling sensitivity, ethylene production and sensitivity, respiration rates, physiological disorders, postharvest pathology, quarantine issues, and suitability as fresh-cut product. A large number of fruits and vegetables were added, as well as sections on food safety, nutritional quality, texture, and fresh-cut produce. The purpose of storing plant material is to lengthen the time it can be consumed or utilized. In doing so, it is critical to provide an environment that minimizes deterioration, maintains microbial safety, and retains other quality attributes. AH-66 provides guidelines and other important information for storing and handling horticultural commodities to accomplish this.

  • Tree Fruits: Organic Production Overview - Horticulture Systems Guide (2004)
    This guide is an overview of issues relevant to commercial organic production of temperate zone tree fruits and tree nuts. It includes discussions of marketing and economics, orchard design, crop varieties, site selection, site preparations, soil fertility, weed control, and pest management. Digital Price: $4.95, Print Price: $7.95
    National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA), George Kuepper, Guy K. Ames, and Ann Baier, NCAT Agriculture Specialists, Published 2004, Updated 2004, © NCAT IP28



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