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.In anticipation of that season, this edition of The Peach News has a lot of resourceful information for you.  Here’s a preview of some of the stories and management practices you will read more about:

  • You will find out from Georgia experts why they think the season ahead looks very positive, despite a lower-than-hoped number of chill hours thus far.
  • You’ll read an important update on the state of the industry from the National Peach Council.
  • Brett R. Blaauw, an assistant professor and extension specialist with the Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia Agriculture and Natural Resources program, has provided an important account of the current state of scale management in Southeastern peach production.
  • Members of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences provide interesting results from continued research on the study necessary irrigation volume rates for Florida peach orchards.
  • And last, but not least, the Topic of the Season includes important guidelines from the updated 2017 Southeastern Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide.

If you are reading this edition for the first time, and you are a grower, you may subscribe to this publication for free.  See page 12 for details.  As you prepare for the months ahead, I wish you a plentiful and successful harvest in 2017.  Thanks for reading The Peach News.