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Early Developing Peach Varieties Take a Hit

Dan Cooper Alabama, Industry News Release, Peaches, Top Posts

Early-developing varieties of peaches took a hit from recent freezing temperatures. Some parts of Alabama reached temperatures as low as 21 degrees F between March 4 – 7. Depending on the area and conditions, early peach crops could be affected by this stretch of freezing weather. Dr. Edgar Vinson, an Alabama Extension commercial horticulture specialist, said early varieties took the …

Peach Training and Pruning Pointers

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Ali Sarkhosh The excessive vegetative growth of low-chill peaches under tropical and subtropical climates can be one of the major problems negatively impacting fruit size and quality. Growers need to spend a significant amount of money and time for manual thinning and pruning to meet the market window. Factors affecting fruit quality include distribution of light in the canopy, …

The Future of the Peach Industry

Alison DeLoach Peaches, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach At the recent 2019 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Kay Rentzel, executive director of the National Peach Council, presented Nielsen data on peach trends. According to Rentzel, consumers in today’s world want to know what they are buying, and they search for total transparency from companies when purchasing their products. She believes the peach industry is …

Peach Pruning Improves San Jose Scale Control

Alison DeLoach Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach Recent research has shown that pruning peach trees can help growers reduce pests in their orchards. One pest in particular, San Jose scale, can cause difficulties for growers, including branch die back, and can ultimately lead to tree death if left untreated. Brett Blaauw, an assistant professor and Extension specialist at the University of Georgia and Clemson …

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 …