San Jose Scale: Manage Peach Pest Now

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By Clint Thompson A persistent pest of peaches is expected to once again be a nuisance. This summer provides a couple of ideal targeting periods for growers to manage San Jose Scale. Producers should try to target the San Jose Scale crawlers now and then again in late July to early August. They are the most vulnerable during these time …

Mite-y Problem: Spider Mites a Concern During Hot, Dry Conditions

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By Clint Thompson Hot and dry weather across the Southeast make for ideal conditions for spider mites in peach orchards. Brett Blaauw, University of Georgia assistant professor in the Department of Entomology, discusses in the UGA Peach Blog what symptoms producers need to watch out for. “At least in peaches, keeping an eye out for bronzing of the leaves. That’s …

Good Start for Georgia Peaches

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By Clint Thompson So far, so good for Georgia’s peach producers. Jeff Cook, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Peach and Taylor counties, said farmers have been harvesting peaches in middle Georgia for more than three weeks. Though the harvest season is still early, there have been no complaints. “Price is good. Quality looks pretty …

Freeze Effect: Alabama’s Late Peach Crop Impacted by Cold Temperatures

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By Clint Thompson Early peach varieties are expected to yield positive results for Alabama producers. The latter varieties are a different story, believes Edgar Vinson, assistant research professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Auburn University. “We’ve got some early varieties that have come in already. We’re about to really get into full swing of the early …

UGA Research: Irrigation Benefits New, Established Peach Trees

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The University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is ensuring peach production remains sustainable. Dario Chavez and his research team in the Department of Horticulture on the UGA Griffin campus are improving irrigation and fertilization management practices for young peach trees in the Southeastern U.S. Irrigation Management Traditionally, producers adjusted irrigation scheduling on how much rainfall they …

So Far So Good for Florida Peach Crop

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So far, so good for Florida’s peach crop. According to Jose Chaparro, UF/IFAS Associate Professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department, the peach season is going well throughout the state. “This has been really the best spring season we’ve had in a few years,” Chaparro said. “We got adequate chilling. We have good weather, and we haven’t had too much rain. …

Twig Dieback: What to Look for and How to Protect Peaches

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While peaches can be a sweet summertime treat, if trees are impacted by twig dieback, that can leave a sour taste in producers’ mouths. Plant diseases cause the twigs, branches and shoots of a peach tree to die. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Plant Pathologist Ed Sikora offers tips about what causes twig dieback, its symptoms and how to manage the …

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February Freeze: Event Left Mark on Alabama Peach Crop

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An Alabama freeze event has left its mark on the state’s peach crop. But it’s not the Alabama freeze event you might be thinking of. Edgar Vinson, assistant research professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Auburn University, believes the freezing temperatures experienced in February when the trees were dormant did more damage than the late-season freeze …