Winter Defoliation for Florida Peaches

Breanna Kendrick Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick According to Ali Sarkhosh, assistant professor of tree fruit at the University of Florida, peach growers in Florida should consider the leaves on their peach trees during two times of the year. The first time is after harvesting the fruit in June, July and August. He says it’s important to keep the leaves on trees during this …

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Putnam and the USDA Declare the Oriental Fruit Fly Eradicated in Miami-Dade County

Dan Cooper Fruit, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Stone Fruit, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have declared eradication in the Oriental fruit fly outbreak in the predominantly agricultural Redland area of Miami-Dade County. Due to early detection and rapid response, no quarantine was required during this program. This successful Oriental fruit fly eradication is the second one during this …

Program Vows to Create Peach Variety Ideal for the Lower Coastal Plain

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Research, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

A program based in Byron, Georgia, is working on developing peach varieties perfect for the lower coastal plain. Now, the lower coastal plain consists of growers in South Georgia and a few in North Florida. However, according to Tom Beckman, U.S. Department of Agriculture research horticulturist, this industry could grow tremendously. He says it has the potential to stretch through …

Putting Florida Peaches in the Spotlight

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

Believe it or not, many consumers and retailers do not know that peaches are grown in Florida. However, thanks to a Specialty Crop Block Grant, the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation (FSCF) and Fresh From Florida (FFF) are working to raise awareness of Florida peaches. FSCF initially received the grant in 2017. After two successful seasons, the grant has been extended …

New Peach Rootstocks Show Potential

Breanna Kendrick Peaches, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Could new rootstocks offer hope for peach growers struggling with difficult disease issues? Tom Beckman spoke about the potential for some of his advanced rootstock selections at the recent Stone Fruit Field Day in Citra, Florida. Beckman, a U.S. Department of Agriculture horticultural researcher, noted that one selection in particular could be a replacement for Guardian rootstock, …

Review of New Peach Rootstocks

Breanna Kendrick Peaches, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick If you’re a peach grower trying to decide what rootstock to use, Tom Beckman has some advice. At the recent Stone Fruit Field Day in Citra, Florida, Beckman spoke about new rootstock options available. A research horticulturist with the United States Department of Agriculture, Beckman is working on developing new rootstocks for the peach industry in the …

Managing Caribbean Fruit Fly on Peaches

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Pests, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Cory Penca, an entomology Ph.D. candidate and a student in the Doctor of Plant Medicine program at the University of Florida, gave a presentation at the recent Stone Fruit Field Day on managing key pests of peaches in Florida. One of the many pests he discussed was the Caribbean fruit fly. Caribbean fruit fly is specifically a …