Build anchors to help peach trees stand tall

Farmers aren’t the only ones busy working in their fields to repair damage from Tropical Storm Irma. As the University of Georgia’s (UGA) peach specialist based on the UGA Griffin campus, my team and I... more »

SWD in processing peaches found to be limited

Processing peaches are a niche crop in west central Michigan. These fruits are distinct from fresh market free-stone peaches in several ways, including thicker skin, denser pubescence (“fuzz”) and a firmer texture. While this crop... more »

New Jersey projected to be No. 2 in peach production in 2017

The USDA August Crop Production Forecast for 2017 declares New Jersey’s peach production will rise to second in the U.S. The forecast, which is based on phone calls, mail, internet, and personal interviews with farmers... more »

Fruit rot management options seen for pome, stone fruit

Management considerations are discussed for mitigating pome and stone fruit rots. Hail damaged fruit destined for juicing still need protection from rots. We are in the middle of a delicious peach harvest and apples aren’t... more »

Bagging peaches omits insects and diseases, increases yields

When Clemson University fruit specialist Juan Carlos Melgar suggested putting a paper bag over a peach to detract insects and diseases during production, farmers laughed. But when the trials in Seneca, South Carolina, funded by... more »

Treating peaches with edge damage from oriental fruit moth

Growers in west central Michigan diligently applied mating disruption to most peach orchards in response to heavy oriental fruit moth damage to the crop in 2016. Oriental fruit moth captures in traps at many sites this... more »

Alabama peach production takes major hit

Alabama's peach producers are harvesting only 10 to 30 percent of their normal crop. A lethal combination of a low number of chill hours, recent drought conditions and a late frost have stressed peach crops... more »

Nearly 80 percent of Georgia peach crop wiped out

Reports indicate Georgia growers have lost 80 percent of this year's crop. According to statements by the state's Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, the crop was wiped out this year by a combination of an overly warm... more »

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