National Peach Council Update

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By Jaci Schreckengost An update and outlook on the peach industry was presented at the 2018 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Kay Rentzel, managing director of the National Peach Council, spoke with AgNet Media following her presentation at the conference in January. She discussed topics such as promoting the peach industry and widening the…

Post-Irma Root Rot Concerns in Georgia Peaches

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Most of the nation is aware that the Florida citrus industry suffered greatly when Hurricane Irma made landfall in September 2017. The storm resulted in approximately $760 million in citrus damage. In addition, the Florida fruit and vegetable industry sustained about $180 million in loss. By the time Irma reached Georgia, it had weakened substantially,…

Florida Peach Promotion Set for a Second Year

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Sonia Tighe, executive director of the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation (FSCF), is excited to be heading into the second year of a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to market Florida peaches. The grant was awarded to FSCF to work in collaboration with the Fresh from Florida program. After seeing great results from…

Cold Snap Threatens Georgia Peaches

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A warm February and unexpected cold snap could mean trouble for Georgia peaches. Dario Chavez, assistant professor and peach research Extension specialist at the University of Georgia, says although concrete data has not yet been collected, damage was done. Chavez says that early varieties of peaches were pretty developed before the cold snaps within the…

Hydrogen Cyanamide for Low-Chill Peaches in Florida

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By Tripti Vashisth and Mercy Olmstead Interest in Florida peach production remains steady, with approximately 2,000 acres in the state. Florida peach growers have a number of advantages: 1) Early flowering and fruit set result in the ability to harvest fruit earlier in the domestic market window, yielding higher economic returns. 2) Recent surveys show…

Georgia Peach Outlook Uncertain

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Last year's low-chill issues, combined with cold weather this year, could affect Georgia peach crops in 2018. Phil Brannen, professor and Extension plant pathologist at the University of Georgia (UGA), gave an outlook for the peach season. Issues from 2017 have the possibility to carry over into this season and affect the crops. Many growers did not follow…

Florida Peaches Can Be Profitable

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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…

Georgia Peach Growers Hopeful for 2018

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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…