State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania

2019 Proposals

Dear Research Committee Members,
Below you will find a list of proposals in  submitted for consideration for 2019.  Simply click on the title to view a PDF of the selected proposal. A first round ballot can be found here:

FIRST BALLOT 2019- Committee Members

Please vote for proposals that you would like to grant an oral presentation and a place on the final ballot.  Return the ballots via fax, e-mail or snail mail by Friday, January 25, 2019.

Attn: Patti Keller

Secretary, Research Committee,

26 Nursery Rd., P.O. Box 108, Aspers, PA  17304

Fax:  717-677-4124

In order to be included in the final round of balloting, proposals must receive votes from at least 50% of the voting committee members.  The Committee Chairman reserves the right to reverse a negative decision of the Committee on the first round of balloting.
Our next Research Committee meeting will be held during the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention at Hershey and is scheduled for Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in the Cocoa Suite 2 at 7:30 AM.  A Breakfast Buffet will be available beginning at 7:00 in the hallway as you arrive.  Help yourself to the buffet and join us for breakfast in the Cocoa Suite 2.
Please keep all of the proposals to reference during the Proposal Review Meeting. The Proposal Review Meeting will be held on February 21, 2019 at the Fruit Research and Extension Center. If you have any questions, please call.

2019 Research Grant Proposals

1. J. Schupp – Development of a High Density, Highly Mechanized, Pedestrian Production System
2.  J. Schupp – Development of a High-Accuracy Digital Model for Orchard Sites, Improving Rootstock Performance with Terrain Analysis Using Drone Technology and Geographical Information Systems
3. J. Schupp – Blossom Thinning Pennsylvania Apples Using the Pollen Tube Growth Model
4. J Schupp – Crop Load Effects on High-Tannin Apples and Evaluation of American-Origin Hard Cider Varieties
5. R. Marini – Soil Amendments for Blueberry Plant Establishment and Variety Trial
6. R. Crassweller – Apple Rootstock and Cultivar Evaluations
7. R. Crassweller – Buy-and-Fly Orchard Management using Unmanned Aircraft (UA)
8. R. Crassweller – Third Generation Apple System Trials
9. R. Crassweller – Effects of Maintenance of Training Systems to a Hedgerow
10. G. Krawczyk – Utilizing the Samurai Wasp as a Potential Control Tool Against Brown Marmoated Stink Bug
11. G. Krawczyk – Utilization of Insecticide Treated Nets as an Alternative Method to Monitor and Manage Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
12. J. Kovac – Combating Listeria Monocytogenes Growth in Tree Fruit Packinghouse Biofilms
13. L. He – Branch and Fruit Accessibility for Mechanical Operations with Various Tree Canopies
14. L. He – A Sensor- Based Irrigation Test System for Apple Orchards
15. K. Peter – Completing the Picture: Characterizing Bitter Rot Fingal Isolates and Verification of Lab Results with Field Trials
16. K. Peter – Optimizing Fire Blight Control Alternatives: Non-antibiotic Blossom Protection and Full Season Shoot Blight Management
17. K. Peter – Investigating and Understanding Different Sources for Fruit Rot Fungi in the Packhouse and Field to Better Control Postharvest Decay of Stored Apple Fruit
18. K. Peter – Investigating the Role of Viruses and Other Causes in Rapid Apple Decline
19. D. Choi – Evaluation of Effective Canopy Depths of Apple Trees for Optimal Machine Sensing Performance
20. M. Lopez- Uribe – Maximizing Pollination Services for Blueberry Production in Pennsylvania
21. H. Medeiros – How Many Flowers Are There, Really? Autonomous Estimation of Flower Counts with Image Pairs
22. J. Chemeres – Harvest Quality Vision for Quantitative Fruit Assessment
22. (Part 2) FREC – Croptracker Software Implementation Proposal
23. C. Walsh – Monitoring and Utilizing Fruit Maturity to Improve Harvest and Storage Decisions of New Apple Cultivars and Reduce Storage Disorders of Honeycrisp
24. A. Nielsen – Investigating Codling Moth Phenology Model and Management
25. H. Gohil – Delayed Harvest and Extended Cold Storage of Evelynn and Redhaven Peaches