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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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