• 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