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  • 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 »
  • Grower 411

    Grower 411

      FAWN Tools to Help Florida Orchardists Make Decisions that Save Resources The Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN), a program of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) uses data from its network of 42 stations for a variety of weather-related …Read More »
  • How Much Water do Florida Peaches Need?

    How Much Water do Florida Peaches Need?

    Recent Research Suggests that Reducing Irrigation Volume Rates May Not Have Effect on Fruit Yield and Quality   Fruit and vegetable growers across the United Sates are facing several challenges to remain profitable and Florida peach growers are not the exception.  State regulations, labor, and …Read More »
  • The Scale of the Problem

    The Scale of the Problem

    The Current State of Scale Management in Southeastern Peach Production— A Summary from 2017 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference Presentation San Jose scale (SJS), Comstockaspis perniciosus (Comstock), is an herbivorous insect pest that infests an enormous variety of plants worldwide, and is currently one …Read More »
  • State of the Industry

    State of the Industry

    Update on Regulatory and Legislative Priorities, USDA Purchases of Frozen Peaches, and More   Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-LA) is working to streamline a segment of the H-2A process that will reduce the wait time when applying for H-2A Labor.  Read More »
  • A Peachy Outlook for the Season Ahead

    A Peachy Outlook for the Season Ahead

    Georgia Experts Talk Chill Hours, Drought, and Other Factors for Commercial Peach   Peaches are just getting going in Georgia.  Growers are getting into “peach mode,” and by all accounts, the season seems off to a great start.  Both Dario Chavez, an assistant professor in …Read More »
  • Editor’s Note: A Recent Collaborative Effort Between Clemson and UF

    Editor’s Note: A Recent Collaborative Effort Between Clemson and UF

    Mutant strains of peach anthracnose can mean big problems for growers.  These diseases can be difficult to control with standard pesticides like Abound, Topsin M, Scala, and others.  Researchers at Clemson University, including Dr. Guido Schnabel, are not going to let pathogens get the best …Read More »
  • Combatting Fungicide Resistance in Strawberry Nurseries

    Combatting Fungicide Resistance in Strawberry Nurseries

    UF/IFAS and Clemson University use peach research to benefit strawberry industry Sweet, succulent strawberries have to start out somewhere, and that generally means the nursery. Before they make it onto shelves throughout the U.S. and the world from fields in Florida and California, they have …Read More »
  • PUBLISHER’S INTRODUCTION: Spring Will Be Upon Us Before You Know It

    PUBLISHER’S INTRODUCTION: Spring Will Be Upon Us Before You Know It

    As I write this letter, the Florida orchards are coming out of dormancy and we are seeing the first signs of bloom.  The varieties in the Sunshine State have that earlier harvest window than neighboring states in the Southeast, so before you know it, spring …Read More »
  • Editor’s Note: Helping Growers Manage Troublesome Diseases

    Editor’s Note: Helping Growers Manage Troublesome Diseases

    OVER THE SUMMER, a workshop was hosted by the Clemson University Musser Fruit Research Center. During the workshop, about 100 attendees were able to learn more about peach-growing practices and what techniques will aid them in management of troublesome diseases, such as bacterial spot and …Read More »
  • Growers Get Peaches In Front of Pupils

    Growers Get Peaches In Front of Pupils

    Farm to School Program Continues to Connect Orchardists with Florida Schools IF YOU’RE IN ANY FIELD of agriculture in the Southeast, then you’ve probably heard of citrus greening and the way the disease is devastating the Florida citrus industry. If you’re in elementary school in …Read More »
  • Bringing Blueberry Lovers into the Peach Fold

    Bringing Blueberry Lovers into the Peach Fold

    Keel and Curley Winery Serves Up Peach-Themed Products and Agritourism Event THE KEEL AND CURLEY WINERY started in 2003, when blueberry farmer Joe Keel had an idea for what to do with his end-of-season berries. In the Plant City farmhouse kitchen, he prepared his first …Read More »
  • Seeing the Orchard for the Trees: Florida Peach Growers Battling the Heat

    Seeing the Orchard for the Trees: Florida Peach Growers Battling the Heat

    PEACH GROWERS IN THE SUNSHINE STATE face a major hurdle: getting enough cold weather to produce a viable crop. But several commercially available peach varieties, bred for Florida, are giving the industry a fighting chance. Just ask Ralph Chamberlain. He manages 40 acres of peach …Read More »
  • Chill Hours Update: Watching the Weather and Tallying the Time

    Chill Hours Update: Watching the Weather and Tallying the Time

    PEACH GROWERS from Florida, Georgia, and South and North Carolina are concerned. For a second fall/winter season, 2016-17, climatologists are saying there will be the same warm fall and early winter season the growers had last winter. Orchards need cold weather called chill hours to …Read More »
  • Save the Dates: Southeastern Ag Industry Events

    Save the Dates: Southeastern Ag Industry Events

    UGA MADISON COUNTY LOCAL HARVEST BANQUET NOVEMBER 15 – 6:30 TO 9 P.M. Help support Madison County (Georgia) agriculture and the Madison County Food Bank at the first Madison County Local Harvest Banquet. The meal will be provided by local farmers and prepared by students …Read More »
  • 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
  • Welcome to the UGA Peach Blog! February 11, 2015
    Welcome to the UGA Peach blog! It is great to be part of UGA and the Georgia Peach Community. Please visit each one of our pages. There are many talented people working with the Peach Industry here in Georgia. Please subscribe to our newsletter for email updates on current research and...Read More
    Dario Chavez