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 …

Shorter Georgia Peach Crop Harvest Expected

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

We told you last week that this year’s Georgia peach crop has been negatively affected by the lack of chill hours it received this winter. According to Jack Spruill, director of marketing with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, not only is the crop looking at an estimated 80 percent loss this year, time of normal harvest has also been affected. …

Georgia Peach Crop Negatively Affected

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

Some people have wondered how the freezing temperatures back in March may have affected the Georgia peach crop. But according to Jack Spruill, director of marketing with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the crop was affected but not by the freeze.      

Florida Peaches Shine Thanks to USDA Grant

Abbey Taylor Peaches, Top Posts

Many peach consumers and retailers in Florida are unaware that peaches are being grown in the state. The Florida Specialty Crop Foundation (FSCF), in collaboration with the Fresh From Florida program, is working to change that by creating several marketing campaigns to raise awareness about Florida peaches. The FSCF received a grant for two years from the U.S Department of …

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 on trees and bushes stayed …

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 and experimentation. Phillip Brannen, University …