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Plum curculio are becoming active

A little later this year than last year, plum curculio are becoming active in middle Georgia peach orchard. Although this may be a weird and uncertain time of the year, if you have varieties at or near petal fall, it is time to start preparing your plum curculio management program….
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Captan Shortage (another option)

There is another series of fungicide options that should also work for the cover sprays, and hopefully this will allow you to not use the DMIs in cover sprays. You could alternate SDHI (e.g. Miravis) and QoI (e.g. Abound) products as well, and this would give you more cover spray…
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Captan Shortage

Unfortunately, there appears to be a shortage of captan products this year. There are quite a few alternative products for bloom. Likewise, chlorothalonil (e.g. Bravo) products work well for petal fall and shuck split, and other products are readily available for pre-harvest applications. Sooty peach can be controlled with ziram,…
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Scale management and 2021 management guides

We are a month in to the new year and I just wanted to remind everyone that if you have not already done so, it is time to start thinking about a delayed-dormant application of horticultural oil for scale insect management. The above 50°F weather makes for a lovely day,…
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Kocide HCu Product and Warning for Cover Spray Rates

A new Kocide product from Certis, Kocide HCu, has recently been introduced. As a formulated product, it is 50.1% metallic copper by weight. It does have a labeled rate for cover sprays, but at labeled rates, it is likely to cause significantly more damage than you would want to see. …
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2021 Southeastern Peach, Nectarine, and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide

I just wanted to let everyone know that the 2021 peach guides have been updated and are now available online: https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/B%201171_14.PDF The physical copies are being printed now and should be available soon. In the mean time if you have any questions before then, please let me know. Thank you everyone,…
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Three New Peach Cultivars from the USDA

The USDA at Byron, GA has released a trio of “Joy” peach cultivars named ‘Crimson Joy’ (early mid-season), ‘Liberty Joy’ (mid-season), and ‘Rich Joy’ (late season). The three main-season cultivars all have self-fertile showy pink flowers, produce large, firm, melting and freestone fruit with high blush, yellow flesh, normal acidity…
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