Overwintering Damages Georgia Peach and Blueberry Crops

Abbey Taylor Berries, Peaches, Top Posts

Georgia peaches and blueberries are starting to show signs of the lack of cold weather this past winter. Phillip Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit plant pathologist, says that rust in peaches and blueberries will be more likely this year. "We just didn't have enough frost to take off the leaves," Brannen says. "Leaves…

Georgia Peach Brown Rot

Kelsey Fry Fruit, Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

Brown rot fungus, also known as Monilinia fructicola, can be a peach's worst nightmare. Generally, the first sign of the disease is in springtime when dying blossoms turn to mush, and a gray, fuzzy spore mass is formed on the branch. Georgia peaches have, luckily, been mainly spared of this disease due to extensive research…

Georgia’s Peach Crop Lacks Sufficient Chill Hours for Productive Growing Season

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By Julia Rodriguez From the University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Media Newswire: Georgia’s peach crop may suffer this year due to insufficient chill hours, which are essential to peach production, according to Jeff Cook, University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Taylor and Peach counties. Depending on the…

Disease and Unpredictable Weather Affect Florida Peaches

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Peaches are becoming a viable alternative crop for Florida growers. However, as with any crop, concerns about disease are looming over the up-and-coming industry. Tripti Vashisth, an assistant professor of horticulture sciences at the Citrus Research and Education Center, recently released findings from her peach research during the 2016 season. She completed this research with…

Florida Peaches Pack a Punch as a Succulent Snack

Kelsey Fry Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

March 15, 2017 By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Florida peaches make for a succulent snack, say consumers surveyed by a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher. That’s encouraging news for Florida producers trying to expand their reach, not only in the Sunshine State but nationally, said Joy Rumble,…

Younger Generation Not Eating Enough Peaches

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Peaches have always been a staple in household diets, but the younger generation is falling short of the consumption rates from past generations. The National Peach Council (NPC) is working to fix this issue. In a recent study, it was discovered that the average peach consumer is in excess of 55 years old. NPC Director…

Rapid Cooling and Temperature Management

Abbey Taylor Berries, Leafy Vegetables, Peaches, Top Posts

Steven Sargent, a postharvest specialist and professor at the University of Florida, recently spoke on the importance of rapid cooling of leafy vegetables, such as lettuce and basil, after harvest. He also discussed his research on temperature management of Florida blueberries and peaches. Sargent discussed two methods of rapid cooling in order to quickly prepare…

Water Regulations Affecting the Peach Industry

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts, Water

Water issues in agriculture challenge even the smallest of farming operations, and the peach industry is no exception. Kay Rentzel, director of the National Peach Council, spoke on how different parts of the nation's peach industry are suffering from various aspects of water regulations. “It just depends on which side of the country you are…