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  • Orchardist experts from Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina share their perspective on the current accumulation of winter chill and how it might affect the upcoming harvest season.

    Orchardist experts from Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina share their perspective on the current accumulation of winter chill and how it might affect the upcoming harvest season.

    Winter Chill Offers Promise for 2018 Crop by CHERYL ROGERS After what was a devastating season for many in 2017, some peach growers in the southeastern United States were cautious yet optimistic as winter freezes brought in needed chill hours for the 2018 crop. “The …Read More »
  • Four Conclusions Bloom from the Recent Conference

    Four Conclusions Bloom from the Recent Conference

    Take a Look at These Important Takeaways for Peach Growers from the Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference by ERIKA ALDRICH The Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference was held in Savannah, Georgia in mid-January, in partnership between the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association …Read More »
  • Be on the Lookout for Pest Problems in 2018

    Be on the Lookout for Pest Problems in 2018

    Q&A with Brett Blaauw, PhD, on Managing Pests in the Orchard this Year by TERESA SCHIFFER Every year presents new challenges when it comes to managing pests in the orchards. We asked Brett Blaauw, PhD, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of Georgia’s …Read More »
  • There Are Lots of Things Blooming in the Peach Industry

    There Are Lots of Things Blooming in the Peach Industry

    At the start of the year, it’s only natural to look at the year ahead with optimism. Peach growers are no different, and while growers have challenges and setbacks, they are resilient and optimistic bunch. To help you in your field management practices and preparations …Read More »
  • Attention Georgia Growers: Mark Your Calendars for this Event

    Attention Georgia Growers: Mark Your Calendars for this Event

    Whether it’s a roundtable, conference, trade show, or field tour, we make it a priority to keep our ear to the ground for any relevant and timely events for peach growers in the Southeast. While I’m sure some of you were able to attend the …Read More »
  • Experts Offer Insight into Cost Assessment for Farmers

    Experts Offer Insight into Cost Assessment for Farmers

    Reviewing Variable and Fixed Costs to Make Accurate Assessments and Projections by MARY TOOTHMAN As is true for all businesses, farmers can benefit from keen awareness of expenses and income— and by planning the next year’s financials well. Economists from the University of Georgia’s College …Read More »
  • Editor’s Note:  Don’t Make These Three U-Pick Season Mistakes

    Editor’s Note: Don’t Make These Three U-Pick Season Mistakes

    Don’t Make These Three U-Pick Season Mistakes While Florida is having an “okay” peach season, Georgia and other growers in the deep south are grappling with the after effects of a lackluster chill-hour accumulation during the fall, compounded by a late freeze, and a current …Read More »
  • Grower 411

    Grower 411

    Assessing the Data for New Business Development Opportunities in the Peach Industry For more information about this data visit SoutheasternPeachGrowers.com. Georgia South Carolina North Carolina Florida Acres of Production 10,000 14,000 1,200 1,300 Production Measured in Tons 40.6 68.9 5.4 3.5 Prices Received Measured in …Read More »
  • Topic of the Season

    Topic of the Season

    Orchard Management— From Pre- to Post-Harvest Information can be found at the 2017 Southeastern Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide found at extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.cfm?number=B1171.  This publication is intended for use only as a guide.  Specific rates and application methods are on the pesticide …Read More »
  • PUBLISHER’S INTRODUCTION: Harvest— It’s What’s on the Table

    PUBLISHER’S INTRODUCTION: Harvest— It’s What’s on the Table

    In this edition of The Peach News, there are a lot of topics on the table, but the one thing at top of mind for everyone now— and the most important theme surrounding the topics of this issue— is the harvest.Read More »
  • Peach Notes

    Peach Notes

    How the National Peach Council is Working for the Industry in 2017 The mission and activities of the National Peach Council (NPC) have benefitted the industry since 1946 when it was formed by peach growers across the country to serve as a united voice for …Read More »
  • The Importance of Water for a Young Orchard

    The Importance of Water for a Young Orchard

    Study on Irrigating Fledgling Peach Plants in the Southeastern United States Shows Interesting Initial Results Another year has started and peach trees that were planted early this season are starting to grow actively.  Every time that we visit young orchards, the trees are bigger and …Read More »
  • LACK OF CHILL: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

    LACK OF CHILL: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

    Georgia Researchers and Specialists Provide Recommendations for What’s Happening Now in the Orchard This is definitely going to be remembered as one of the most difficult years in peach production in the Southeastern U.S.  Lack of chill and a late freeze have done their part. …Read More »
  • Georgia Orchardist’s Perspective

    Georgia Orchardist’s Perspective

    Lawson Peaches Focuses on Agritourism and Other Diversification to See the Farm Through Recent Challenges   It’s been a difficult season for peach growers, and Irvin Lawson can attest to that.  Lawson Peaches has been growing peaches in Morven, Georgia since 1961, and Lawson says he’s …Read More »
  • New Business Development Opportunity for Peach Industry Experts

    New Business Development Opportunity for Peach Industry Experts

    The Central Florida Media Group attends many trade shows throughout the year.  Several months ago, we attended a very successful citrus trade show. The exhibit hall was sold out.  A vast majority of the vendors were selling plant nutrition solutions.  As I walked around the …Read More »
  • Saving leaning and uprooted trees September 13, 2017
    Hurricane Irma passed through Georgia with strong sustained winds. For our peach trees this meant trouble, especially for younger trees (1-3 years-old). Trees could have been fully uprooted, but in general, you can see them leaning or touching the ground. Younger trees can be salvaged, but this needs to be...Read More
    Dario Chavez
  • Lack of chill: Where do we go from here? April 21, 2017
    This is for sure going to be remembered as one of the most difficult years in peach production in the Southeastern U.S. Lack of chill and a late freeze have done their part.  Now, it is time to decide what to do with the trees that are still not coming...Read More
    Dario Chavez
  • Weather event this week March 13, 2017
    Hi everyone, This week the weather is bringing us some cold. It looks like Wednesday is going to be coupled with wind so it will make things less risky. Thursday is looking more challenging, however, the wind forecast is still unknown. Please see NOAA graphical forecast below for Fort Valley, GA. The...Read More
    Dario Chavez
  • Chill hours the lowest in more than a decade December 19, 2015
    The unusually warm fall has had quite a few agricultural impacts.  The Packer noted today that Florida strawberry volumes have really been set back by the warmth (link).  The season started early, but the heat is stressing the plants, which causes a reduction in the number of berries set. I’ve...Read More
    Dario Chavez
  • Glufosinate Registration for Peach Expands Non-Selective POST Herbicide Options May 18, 2015
    W. E. Mitchem Extension Associate Orchard and Vineyard Floor Management NC State Univ., Clemson Univ., Univ. of Georgia, Cooperating Herbicides formulations containing glufosinate are now cleared for use in stone fruit crops.  For years glufosinate has been registered for non-selective postemergence (POST) weed control in apple, grape, and blueberry plantings...Read More
    Dario Chavez
  • Herbicide cleared for use in stone fruit May 14, 2015
    Glufosinate (Rely 280, Surmise, and others) has been cleared for use in stone fruit.  This has been in the works for some time and stone fruits are listed on the labels.  I have pasted a link to the Rely 280 SL label below.  This a very good non-selective POST herbicide option...Read More
    Dario Chavez
  • Late freeze possible next weekend for Southeast March 24, 2015
    Even though we’re past the average date for last frost in parts of the Southeast, it is not too late for a cold blast to move through the area.  Early signs for next weekend, Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29, show that another surge of cold air is expected...Read More
    Dario Chavez
  • The Peach News Magazine 1st issue February 24, 2015
    Today I received the first issue of The Peach News Magazine in the mail. It is really nice to see that a new avenue has been opened for sharing information to the peach growers in the Southeastern US. Please visit their site. You can sign-up for free to receive their...Read More
    Dario Chavez
  • Chill hour tools for fruit producers February 22, 2015
    Do you have a need for chill hour measurements?  There are a couple of online sources that you can use to calculate chill hours for your location.  AgroClimate has a great graphic package that allows you to pick between two chill hour models.  You can find it at http://agroclimate.org/tools/Chill-Hours-Calculator/. If...Read More
    Dario Chavez
  • Record cold expected in the Southeast later this week February 17, 2015
    Meteorologists are anxiously watching the latest blast from the Arctic, which is expected to move into the Southeast after a cold frontal passage on Wednesday.  Predicted temperatures on Thursday show that it is likely that many areas of the Southeast will experience record low high temperatures and some record lows...Read More
    Dario Chavez