Archive for January, 2015

Peach Thinning

The primary objective of flower and/or fruit thinning is to increase fruit size, maximize crop value, and maintain tree structure. To maximize crop value and marketable yield, growers must estimate their optimal crop load, the maximum number of fruits to be retained after thinning. Achieving this objective requires knowledge of market price structure, the genetic potential of a cultivar for fruit size and yield, and the effects of different cultural practices (e.g., training system, spacing, pruning, fertilization, irrigation, scoring, etc.) on fruit development. Read More…

 

Peach 411: Important Links on the USDA’s RMA Website and Information about WFRP

The following information and tools were recently released regarding Risk Management. Please find the resourceful links below. These links will take you to the RMA website, cost calculators, and more information regarding Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Pilot Program (WFRP). Read More…

 

Livin’ the Peach Life

IMG_0457_titlePicforGrowerColumnWhat a year the Florida peach business had this last 2014 harvest. Many other packing houses came online this past year to help pack, sell, and ship the delicious Florida peach throughout the country. Some who were already packing and selling strawberries, blueberries, and citrus found the Florida peach a perfect fit for their operations to maximize their cooling and packing lines. Customers as far as Canada were able to experience the sweet taste of a tree-ripened Florida peach. Even though Florida has a short window in the peach market, Florida peaches are getting their name known to the average household in Florida as well as the entire country. Look out California; sweetness is within reach with the Florida peach. Surely, our stone fruit is benefiting from the same soil that gives Florida citrus its famous sweet flavor over all other citrus. Read More…

 

Low-Fat Peach Poundcake

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup plain lowfat yogurt
  • 1 ½ cups sugar, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped, fresh peaches

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Fresh Peach Lush

First layer:

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  1. Mix above ingredients and spread in 13 x 9 pan.
  2. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. Cool completely.

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