Florida Grower: Peaches Not Fazed by Warm Temperatures

Tacy Callies Florida, Peaches, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Florida peaches are in production earlier than normal this year, and the high temperatures in March are a big reason why, says David Wheeler, peach grower in Lake Placid, Florida. “We are picking earlier and picking volumes earlier than we normally would because of the warm temperatures,” Wheeler said. “Quality’s excellent. Size might be a little smaller. …

Prepare for San Jose Scale in Peaches

Ashley Robinson Peaches, Pests, Top Posts

By Ashley Robinson Researchers have predicted increased San Jose scale populations for the 2020 growing season. The pest, which is active in temperatures over 51 degrees Fahrenheit, is forecasted to give peach growers a run for their money this year. Brett Blaauw, University of Georgia (UGA) entomologist, provided peach growers with an insect pest update and forecast during his presentation …

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Pointers for Peach Brown Rot

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By Ali Sarkhosh Brown rot, caused by Monilinia spp., is one of the most economically harmful fungal diseases for peach and other stone fruit growers worldwide. Four Monilinia species have been found to cause brown rot. M. fructigena and M. laxa are two of the most common species found in Europe. Monilinia polystroma, an anamorphic species closely related to M. …

Factors Affecting Fruit Quality of Low-Chill Peach

Ashley Robinson Peaches, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Tripti Vashisth Peach production in subtropical environments has increased significantly in the last 30 years. Interest continues to grow due to two factors. First, early flowering and fruit set result in growers being able to harvest fruit earlier in the domestic market window, giving higher economic returns. Second, breeding advances have resulted in the availability of low-chill peach varieties …

Determining the Ideal Irrigation for Peaches

Ashley Robinson Irrigation, Peaches, Top Posts

By Ashley Robinson According to researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA), supplemental irrigation can have a significant impact on peach tree growth. When Dario Chavez, assistant professor of peach research and Extension, started his research with UGA in 2014, he noticed that most growers were not irrigating their young peach trees in newly established orchards. Fruit production begins after …

What You Need to Know About Phony Peach Disease

Ashley Robinson Peaches, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Kendall Johnson and Phil Brannen Peaches are one of the most economically important fruit crops for the state of Georgia. Growers provide a large variety of high-quality peaches for the fresh market not only in the Southeast, but for much of the United States. Recently, growers have reported an increase in a disease called phony peach, which threatens production. …

Protecting Peaches From Scale and Borers

Ashley Robinson Peaches, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Ali Sarkhosh This time of the year, during winter pruning and tree topping/hedging, you will probably see tiny white insects on peach tree limbs and branches. In most cases, these insects are scales, which cause branches to die back. If not treated, tree death can eventually occur. SCALE CONTROL Scales, normally white peach and/or San Jose scale, are serious …

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Peaches Benefiting From Seasonal Weather

Dan Cooper Alabama, Fruit, Industry News Release, Peaches, Stone Fruit

(ACES) — Cool weather is just what peach trees across Alabama need. Edgar Vinson, a fruit crop specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said peaches and other tree fruits need adequate chill hours to produce a good crop. “As of mid-December, we have received at least half of the total chill hours needed for most peach varieties in the state’s two major …