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Find research-based information on growing apples

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09-27-2011-apples.jpgST. PAUL, Minn. (9/26/2011) —Late summer and fall is apple harvest time. With this enjoyment of eating apples comes a new online resource about growing apples. eXtension.org, the online component of national Cooperative Extension, has added a new resource area about apple production, cultivars and rootstocks for commercial apple producers, home gardeners, nursery professionals, and anyone interested in growing and eating apples.

Extension researchers and educators from several universities, including Emily Hoover and Emily Tepe at the University of Minnesota, have assembled research-based apple production information on www.eXtension.org/apples. The information will help growers select rootstocks and cultivars, locate tree nurseries, plan and manage a planting, identify and manage diseases and pests, and more. Home growers and consumers will find the information easily accessible and interesting, helping them successfully grow apples and enjoy the right fruit at the right time.

eXtension.org/apples includes:

  • Articles and photos of many facets of apple production
  • Rootstock database with traits, descriptions and photos of many widely available rootstocks and promising rootstocks in research trials
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Links to regional resources
  • Sources for purchasing trees
  • Videos produced by apple researchers and educators
  • Access to experts via Ask an Expert and on Facebook,
More to come University researchers and Extension educators continue to develop additional resources, including a detailed cultivar database, interactive features, self-guided courses and more content for consumers. This core team was funded by a grant from USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) to develop an eXtension Apples community of practice to help increase the productivity, profitability and sustainability of this specialty crop.

About eXtension eXtension, www.eXtension.org, is a network of researchers and educators from Cooperative Extension Services across the United States, government agencies and industry. Experts provide unbiased information in more than 40 resource areas including agriculture and animals, community and economics, energy and environment, home and family, and yard and garden.


Source: Emily Tepe, University of Minnesota Department of Horticulture, tepe0004@umn.edu

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