Alabama Extension reminds peach farmers and industry leaders that it will be hosting a production meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. (Est.) in Jemison, Alabama.
This is a free event for attendees. Those interested can click here to register.
The meeting will be held at 14 Padgett Lane, Jemison, Alabama, 35085.
Extension specialists will provide updates on various peach production topics. These include the management of brown rot disease, peachtree borer control, bacterial spot management and fungal gummosis management. Extension will also provide a chill accumulation update.
Alabama peach growers received a boost over the Christmas holidays with consecutive days of sub-freezing temperatures that enabled the crop to obtain much needed chill hours.
According to University of Georgia Extension, fruit trees require a certain number of hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit to break down growth inhibitors in buds. This allows them to produce fruit in the spring.
Peaches need chill hours chill hours to mature. The required chill hours depend on the specific variety growers choose to plant. Some may require as little as 500 chill hours, while others may need as many 800.
Auburn researchers will present research information as well.