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About Phil Brannen

Phil Brannen is a Professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate degree in Plant Protection and Pest Management, where he also received an M.S. in Plant Pathology, followed by a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Auburn University. He has extensive experience with disease management programs in numerous cropping systems. He serves as the extension fruit pathologist for Georgia – conducting research and technology transfer for multiple fruit commodities. His efforts are directed towards developing IPM practices to solve disease issues and technology transfer of disease-management methods to commercial fruit producers. He also teaches the graduate level Field Pathology Course, the History of Plant Diseases and their Impact on Human Societies Course, team-teaches the IPM Course, coordinates the Viticulture and Enology in the Mediterranean Region Course (Cortona, Italy), and guest lectures in numerous other courses throughout the year.

Disease Control Recommendations following Hail Damage

Recent hail injury, especially when combined with excessive rains, is of concern for disease control in peach orchards as we move forward through the remainder of the season. Frequent summer rains generally increase the risk of green fruit rot. If inoculum is present during the green fruit stage and if…
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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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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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Anthracnose Disease Survey

I know it is Christmas, but if you can take a few minutes (literally about five at max) to fill out this short survey (see link below), it would be be greatly appreciated. We are conducting this survey as part of a grant application, and if we do receive funds,…
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My IPM Promotional Video

The MyIPM app, developed by multiple universities under the direction of Dr. Guido Schnabel from Clemson University and supported by the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium, has a dedicated section for peach. You can readily download this app and use it for identifying diseases, developing spray programs, etc., so it…
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New Peach Fungicides for Use in 2021

There are a few new fungicides that either just came out or that came out last year. We need to make sure that we incorporate these materials in a way that will allow for optimum efficacy and resistance management. We will be discussing these products in meetings, but as an…
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