Florida Peaches Can Be Profitable

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

By Ernie Neff Umatilla citrus grower Michael Graham has stayed profitable in the face of the devastating citrus disease HLB by doing grove work himself and keeping costs low. Nonetheless, HLB’s threat to citrus prompted the fourth-generation citrus producer to plant a 5-acre peach orchard three years ago. Graham planted only the UFOne variety recommended by his nurseryman, Phil Rucks …

Georgia Peach Growers Hopeful for 2018

Jaci Schreckengost Peaches, Top Posts

2017 was the fifth year in more than six decades that the Georgia peach industry experienced a devastating season. Will McGehee, a partner of Genuine Georgia Group, spoke with AgNet Media’s Josh McGill at the Produce Marketing Association’s 2017 Fresh Summit. “These kind of catastrophic years have happened in 1955, 1975, 1996, 2007 and now 2017 — so five times …

UF/IFAS CREC Hosts Successful Fruit Crop Management Short Course

Abbey Taylor Berries, Horticulture, Peaches, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) hosted a Fruit Crop Management Short Course this week in Lake Alfred. The two-day short course featured presentations from top southeastern researchers about alternative crops that may have potential in the Southeast. The first day of the event was about plant biology and …

Research for Georgia Peach Growers

Jaci Schreckengost Peaches, Top Posts

Georgia peach growers and researchers are working alongside one another to manage issues with pests and chilling hours. SAN JOSE SCALE Brett Blaauw, assistant professor and Extension specialist in the department of entomology at the University of Georgia (UGA) and Clemson University, said that San Jose scale is one of the key pests peach growers are now facing. This scale …

Georgia Weather, New Varieties Bring Diseases

Jaci Schreckengost Peaches, Top Posts

Weather and new varieties are causing increasing disease issues for Georgia wine grapes and peaches. Phillip Brannen, professor and Extension plant pathologist for fruit at the University of Georgia, says researchers are working more on the wine grape crop due to the growth of the industry in Georgia, as well as in the southeastern United States overall. As the Georgia …

Make Way for Florida Peaches

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Research, Top Posts

Sonia Tighe, executive director of the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation (FSCF), spent this past peach season raising awareness for Florida peaches. FSCF, in collaboration with the Fresh From Florida program, was awarded a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to market Florida peaches. The program started with an advertising campaign, during which the peaches were being promoted to …

Florida Peaches Face Flowering Issues

Jaci Schreckengost Peaches, Top Posts

Weather conditions are an important factor when it comes to growing peaches in Florida. Due to the lack of cold weather, Florida peach crops often struggle without uniform flowering. However, researchers are working to solve this issue. Tripti Vashisth, an assistant professor and citrus Extension specialist at the University of Florida, says research is being done to find the best …

Peach Crop Threatened from Low Chill Hours, Drought

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

Alabama peach producers are seeing low yields from this year’s crop, thanks to few chill hours, drought conditions and a late frost. The Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mac Higginbotham said the state’s peach crop faced a culmination of factors leading to below-average production. “We’ve had a bad peach crop because of rocky weather,” said Higginbotham, the Federation’s Horticulture Division director. “Last …