Georgia’s Peach Harvest is Underway

Jim Rogers Georgia, Peaches

By Clint Thompson Georgia’s producers have begun peach harvest of this year’s crop. However, increased volume is not expected until early-to-mid June, according to Jeff Cook, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Peach and Taylor counties. “This is about our normal start time. It wasn’t necessarily expected to be our normal start time after March …

Plum Curculio Currently Not a Concern for Florida Peach Producers

Jim Rogers Peaches, Pests, Research

By Clint Thompson Plum curculio is not currently a pest for most Florida peach producers. But that shouldn’t deter growers from keeping a watchful eye and ensuring the insect does not become a problem in the future. Amanda Hodges, an Extension scientist at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences entomology and nematology department, discusses the impact …

Chilling Reality: Minimal Cold Temperatures Not Good for Florida Peaches

Jim Rogers Florida, Peaches, Weather

By Clint Thompson The future of Florida peaches rests with its ability to find footing in the northern area of the state. That’s the opinion shared by Jose Chaparro, associate professor in the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), who equates it to the situation being experienced in Georgia. “What’s happening is the best places to …

San Jose Scale Management Begins Now

Jim Rogers Disease, Peaches

By Clint Thompson The first peak of San Jose scale activity is occurring now in Georgia peach orchards. Growers should be proactive in beginning their insecticide applications, says Brett Blaauw, assistant professor at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences “We’re just at the beginning of the first real activity period,” Blaauw said. “Most of the …

Peach Production in Florida: Farmers Learn About Management Strategies During Field Day

Jim Rogers Peaches, Research

By Clint Thompson Peaches’ popularity in Florida continues to bloom, but the crop has its production challenges in the Sunshine State. That’s why days like Tuesday’s Stone Fruit Field Day at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, Florida, are so vital to the industry’s future. Whether it was …

Freeze Effect: Alabama’s Early Peach Varieties Impacted With Uniformity Issues

Jim Rogers Alabama, Peaches, Weather

By Clint Thompson Alabama’s peach producers are about a month away from harvesting this year’s crop. A lack of uniformity is being observed in early peach varieties. It is a result of freeze damage, says Edgar Vinson, assistant research professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Auburn University. “(The crop is) looking promising. They did have some …

Registration Alert: Deadline Today for UF/IFAS Stone Fruit Field Day

Jim Rogers Florida, Peaches, Stone Fruit

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) reminds peach producers about the upcoming Stone Fruit Field Day, scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, Florida. Current and interested peach growers, home gardeners, farm advisors and all those interested in stone fruit are …

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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 …