Archive for February, 2017

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 of growers though.  They have been testing the efficacy of fungicides to determine how best to control new diseases as they crop up.  This research helps determine when Inspire Super or Orbit is the best pesticide to use, or if you should mix Orbit with Inspire Super. Read More…

 

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 to survive and thrive. Proper care in the nursery will lead to healthy, productive plants in the growers’ fields. Unfortunately, early introduction of pesticides and fungicides can result in disease resistant plants making it into the fields. A joint research project between the University of Florida and Clemson University in South Carolina seeks to eradicate this problem. Read More…

 

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 will be upon us and the peach season will begin. Read More…