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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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Copper Formulations for Peach and Cover Sprays

From what I have been told, there may be a shortage of oxytetracycline products this year, due to the use of this antibiotic in Florida for potential control of citrus greening.  All of this is occurring at a time in which we can expect ideal conditions for bacterial spot development…
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Bacterial Spot Danger

In reviewing the weather forecasts for the next 15 days or so, I am concerned about bacterial spot development.  The current warm temperatures are certainly increasing bacterial numbers, and any temperature above 65 F is sufficient for multiplication.  Temperatures in the upper 70s or lower 80s provide perfect conditions for…
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Nematode Sampling

Nematode sampling prior to replanting an orchard can help determine if fumigation is necessary.  Sampling existing orchards can help explain problem areas in an orchard, and the results can be used when scheduling pruning and planning use of the land when the current orchard is removed.
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