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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.

Captan Registration Review

Captan is under review by the EPA. The review document is below, and a synopsis of information for peach is given below by Dr. Julius E. Fajardo. EPA is proposing several mitigations for the continued use of Captan. Any responses are currently due by 27 June, but you can request…
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Miravis Supplemental Label

The Miravis label now only has one rate for peach applications — 5.1 fluid oz per acre. Our guide shows a rate range, but that is no longer accurate. Please see the attached for the supplemental label. Bottom line, use the 5.1 fluid oz per acre rate for all applications…
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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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