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Georgia Peach Producers Stay Diligent with Fungicide Sprays Amid Dry Conditions

Jim Rogers Georgia, Peaches

By Clint Thompson Dry conditions that are prevalent in much of Georgia should not be mistaken as an opportunity for the state’s peach producers to let up on their fungicide spray program. Even as the crop nears harvest, farmers should stay diligent with their fungicide applications, says Phil Brannen, University of Georgia Extension fruit disease specialist. “The spray program, cover …

Unpredictable Year for Florida Peaches

Jim Rogers Florida, Peaches, Research

By Clint Thompson Peach production in Florida is unpredictable this year. The inconsistent weather conditions are a key reason why, explains Jose Chaparro, associate professor in the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). “The way that we accumulated chilling this year was really bizarre. I can tell you that in the Umatilla area that they’re going …

UGA Extension Specialist: Fruit Farmers Not Out of the Woods Yet

Jim Rogers Peaches, Strawberry, Weather

By Clint Thompson Southeast strawberry and peach producers weathered the latest freeze event on March 13. However, they are not out of the woods yet. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Fruit Disease Specialist Phil Brannen says growers are yearning for warm temperatures and dry conditions over the next month. “We’ve got another full month before we’re out of the woods …

GFVGA: Freeze Event Timing Was Horrible

Jim Rogers Berries, Peaches, Weather

By Clint Thompson Georgia’s peach and blueberry crops were impacted by the sub-freezing temperatures felt across the state this past weekend. A few more days are needed, though, before growers know the extent of the potential damage, said Chris Butts, executive vice president of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA). “South Georgia blueberries got cold but those (farmers) …

Georgia Peach Grower: I Think We Dodged a Bullet; I Just Hope No More Bullets Come

Clint Thompson Georgia, Peaches, Weather

State’s Crop Survives Weekend’s Sub-Freezing Temperatures By Clint Thompson Georgia’s peach crop appears to have survived the sub-freezing temperatures that were prevalent across the state this past weekend. Drew Echols, owner of Jaemor Farms in north Georgia, discussed the impact temperatures as cold as 18 degrees Fahreneheit had on his crop. “We were really just at about 30% bloom. Everything …

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Georgia Peach Crop to Feel Impact of Weekend Temperatures

Jim Rogers Georgia, Peaches, Weather

By Clint Thompson Potential sub-freezing temperatures this weekend could impact Georgia’s peach crop, which is already blooming, and in some orchards, peaches are already on trees. Jeff Cook, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Peach and Taylor counties, discussed the impact that the forecasted temperatures will have on the state’s peach crop. “We’ve got a …

Time for Peach Producers to Treat for Scale Insects

Jim Rogers Peaches, Pests

Warmer temperatures make for a bearable winter in Georgia. But scale insects enjoy them, too. That is a problem for the state’s peach producers. Now is a good time for growers to make appropriate chemical applications, according to the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension peach blog. Brett Blaauw, assistant professor at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, advises …