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OFM Management Update

Overview Oriental Fruit Moth (OFM), is an invasive pest of peaches. The adult moths are grayish, with darker banding on a mottled background (see above image). They are roughly 1/4 -inch in length, and have a wingspan of nearly 1/2-inch. Early in the season the females lay their eggs in…
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Plum curculio are on the move

Yesterday on March 17, 2020, we collected our first plum curculio of the season in one of our traps in Byron, GA. While we only collected a few, this indicates that plum curculio are becoming active in middle Georgia peaches. Although this may be a weird and uncertain time of…
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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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2020 Southeastern Peach, Nectarine, and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide

I just wanted to let everyone know that the 2020 peach guides have been updated and are now available online:¬†https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/B%201171_12.PDF The physical copies have been printed and will be available in the coming weeks (usually at your local grower meeting), but if you have any questions before then, please let…
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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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