Chill Hour Accumulation: Alabama Peaches Still Behind

Jim Rogers Alabama, Peaches

By Clint Thompson Cooler temperatures in January have provided hope for peach producers yearning for chill hour accumulation. Though Alabama’s crop is still behind the total from last year, it still is progressing, says Edgar Vinson, assistant research professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Auburn University. “We’ve progressed some in the amount of chill. We are …

Alabama Extension Offering Peach Insect, Disease Management Chart

Jim Rogers Disease, Peaches, Pests

Alabama Extension is offering a Peach Insect and Disease Management Chart for peach producers. The tool is a resource growers can carry with them and help manage insects during certain tree cycles. It includes the most common insect pests, including scale, European red mite, lesser peachtree borer and thrips. It also includes what management options growers have for prevention of …

Avoid Fungicide Resistance Development in Peaches

Jim Rogers Disease, Georgia, Peaches, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Avoiding fungicide resistance in peach production is front and center of Phil Brannen’s presentation this week at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Fruit Disease Specialist cautions producers about overusing products like Miravis to protect against peach scab disease. “The thing about Miravis that’s tempting is it’s …

Chemistry Rotation Needed to Protect Peaches Against Plum Curculio

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Peaches, Pests, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Southeast peach producers have a handle on plum curculio management. Brett Blaauw, assistant professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, wants to keep it that way. That’s why the UGA specialist continues to encourage rotation of chemistries to prevent insecticide resistance from occurring. Pyrethroids are growers’ best option for management. But …

Warming Up: Unseasonable Temps Not Helping Chilling Requirements for Fruit Trees

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Peaches, Top Posts, Weather

By Clint Thompson Unseasonably warm conditions this winter is normal for a La Niña weather pattern. But it’s not what Southeast fruit tree producers want to experience. Not with chilling hours a vital part of the maturation process. Pam Knox, University of Georgia Extension Agricultural Climatologist, said producers will keep an eye on what temperatures the new year brings – …

Looming Deadline: EPA Ban of Chlorpyrifos Will Impact Peach Production

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Peaches, Pests, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The looming deadline for revocation of tolerances for the use of chlorpyrifos (lorsban) means peach tree producers have a little more than two months to find alternatives in managing two pests. According to Brett Blaauw, assistant professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the ban of chlorpyrifos will impact growers differently …

Warming Up: Temperatures in Forecast Not Good for Peach’s Chilling Requirement

Clint Thompson Alabama, Peaches, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Alabama’s peach crop is off to a promising start with its chilling hour requirement. But that’s not expected to continue, however, according to Edgar Vinson, assistant research professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Auburn University. “I think we’re off to a pretty good start. We currently have about 258 chill hours. We typically …

Updated Recommendations for Peach Orchard Establishment

Clint Thompson Georgia, Peaches, Top Posts

By Dario J. Chavez The southeastern United States possesses a unique environment in terms of variable soil and humid climate. Although humid, there has been incidences of several droughts throughout the years. A lack of proper irrigation scheduling under these circumstances can result in huge losses in production and in the state’s economy. Since 2000, the Southeast has had five …