Cold Snap Threatens Georgia Peaches

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts, Weather

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

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

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

Jaci Schreckengost Peaches, Stone Fruit, Top Posts

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…