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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agriculture Research Service (ARS) researchers at Kearneysville, WV has released peach varieties that reliably produce sunny, juicy peaches in northerly climes. Look for them to do well despite the harsh winters of central Pennsylvania. Pear research has also borne fruit. Thanks to years of pest control studies, the fire blight and pear psylla problems that long ago wiped out the U.S. East Coast pear industry have yielded to a variety of new controls. USDA ARS has even come up with computer programs to help growers predict when fire blight will strike, so they can be ready for it. The program, which has been tested in over 20 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, has resulted in better fire blight control and has reduced the number of sprayings that orchards receive. USDA photo by Scott Bauer.
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