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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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Update from the Field: Scale and Plum Curculio

The second large peak of San Jose scale crawler activity is right around the corner, within the next couple of weeks in middle Georgia. We’ve been collecting a few crawlers on untreated trees for a couple of weeks, but we are now starting to collect considerably higher numbers on our…
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San Jose scale in-season management

The first large peak of San Jose scale crawler activity is right around the corner. With the heat, the crawlers have been active for a few weeks, but we are now starting to collect considerable numbers of crawlers on the double-sided tapes on our un-treated research trees in Fort Valley,…
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Abound and Apples — Phytotoxicity Issues

Some of our peach producers also produce apples.  Abound fungicide has significant phyto issues on apples (see below from the label).  With my previous post on blossom blight, you can substitute Merivon or Pristine for Abound when controlling early-season green fruit rot — if you want to also use the…
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Farmer of the Year

2019 will be the 30th Anniversary of Swisher International and the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition to have the honor to salute the agricultural community and industry with the Swisher Sweets / Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award. In the previous 29 years, many of agriculture’s top business leaders, innovators,…
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