UGA PEACH BLOG

San Jose scale in-season management

The first large peak of San Jose scale crawler activity is right around the corner. With the heat, the crawlers have been active for a few weeks, but we are now starting to collect considerable numbers of crawlers on the double-sided tapes on our un-treated research trees in Fort Valley,…
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Abound and Apples — Phytotoxicity Issues

Some of our peach producers also produce apples.  Abound fungicide has significant phyto issues on apples (see below from the label).  With my previous post on blossom blight, you can substitute Merivon or Pristine for Abound when controlling early-season green fruit rot — if you want to also use the…
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Blossom Blight and Suggested Spray Plans

As many of you know, blossom blight is prevalent this year.  It is not present on all peach varieties to the same degree, but many varieties are inundated with Monilinia fructicola (brown rot) spores on the blooms, many of which are gummed and forming cankers.  In some cases, the cankers…
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Farmer of the Year

2019 will be the 30th Anniversary of Swisher International and the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition to have the honor to salute the agricultural community and industry with the Swisher Sweets / Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award. In the previous 29 years, many of agriculture’s top business leaders, innovators,…
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Update from the field – Plum curculio activity

Today, March 18, 2019, we collected our first plum curculio of the season in one of our traps in Byron, GA. While we only found two, this indicates that plum curculio are becoming active in middle Georgia peaches. If you have varieties at or near petal fall, it is time…
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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

On March 15, UGA Extension Specialists along with the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture staff will be conducting a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training in Valdosta.  This is the training mandated by growers selling fresh produce that must comply with the Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act in order to sell produce.
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