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,…

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…

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…

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…

Selecting Herbicides for Stone Fruit

Breanna Kendrick Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick With perennial crops such as stone fruits, growers are limited in their weed management options because they can't choose practices like crop rotation. Therefore, selection of proper herbicides is critical for effective weed control. Peter Dittmar, assistant professor with the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida Institute of Food and…

Rootstock Addresses Peach Disease Issues

Breanna Kendrick Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick MP-29 is a hybrid plum-peach rootstock that was created to give peach growers another weapon in the disease-fighting toolbox. Tom Beckman, a U.S. Department of Agriculture research horticulturist, discussed MP-29 at the recent Stone Fruit Field Day in Citra, Florida. MP-29 is the most recent rootstock release from Beckman's breeding program. Beckman…

Managing Scales in Peach Orchards

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Pests, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Cory Penca, a Ph.D. candidate as well as a student in the Doctor of Plant Medicine program at the University of Florida, recently presented at the Stone Fruit Field Day in Citra, Florida. His presentation covered basic pest management tactics for scales, among many other pests of peaches. Scales are difficult to…

Peach Problems and the Role of Rootstocks

Breanna Kendrick Peaches, Top Posts

By Breanna Kendrick Tom Beckman, a research horticulturist with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service located in Byron, Georgia, is primarily responsible for developing new rootstocks for the Southeastern peach industry. Beckman spoke at the Stone Fruit Field Day in Citra, Florida, about peach diseases and how they influence rootstock development…