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About Dario Chavez

AssociateProfessor in Peach Research and Extension Department of Horticulture University of Georgia

So how are we doing with chill?

Hi everyone, I apologize for the delay with this update. I was waiting for the last bit of chill to be seen in our regions. We just got a cold front last weekend and early this week and I thought will wait until we could finally see what we got…
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IFTA 2023 – Grand Rapids, MI Meeting Feb 12-15

Hi everyone, I received the other day the program for the IFTA meeting in Grand Rapids, MI. This meeting has several general topic speakers and several peach-specific speakers that should be of interest to growers. There will also be an orchard tour stop on Tuesday focused on peaches. The current…
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Chill update

Hi everyone, I hope that everyone is doing well. It has been an interesting month or two for chill accumulation. I was worried last year seeing the seasonal forecast and how things were panning out. However, we were able to get some uniform chill accumulation including some additional hours even…
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Chill update – so what now?

Hi everyone, I was waiting to send this post until it seemed that we were reaching the end of our chill accumulation for this year. The weather has been very variable the last few days from warm, to wet, and to cold. The nice thing about the temperatures going down…
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Drought conditions to continue in Georgia

  As all you know, Georgia is facing drought conditions. We want to remind you that although peach trees are heading to fall/winter and fruit were harvested a long time ago, the trees still need water. The requirement of a mature tree in the peak of the season (July/August) is…
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Improving irrigation and fertilization recommendations for young peach plants – Peach Magazine Article Spring Edition

After a couple years of research on irrigation and fertilization of young peach plants at the University of Georgia, encouraging results are guiding further research to develop new guidelines for irrigation and fertilization practices for the southeastern United States.   Accurate and precise irrigation and fertilization management for agricultural crops…
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