As most of you know, this year’s production of peaches in Georgia and in nearby states was sharply down this year due to the combination of a very warm winter and a mid-March frost that hit right when most peach trees were blooming. This resulted in small fruit or no fruit at all in many commercial orchards. My colleague Dr. Dario Chavez of the University of Georgia discusses some of the problems that occurred this past season due to the adverse weather conditions and how research is helping producers identify ways to cope with the challenging climate conditions we have observed in recent years. You can read the article in Growing Produce here.

Certain peach cultivars yield a higher number of fruit that were not properly pollinated and are small (right bucket) in comparison with the standard commercial fruit (left bucket).
Photo by Dario Chavez