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  • Once again I had to change my Peach Meeting agenda.  Click the link to see the corrected agenda, and make plans to attend.

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  • Based on recent discussions of low chill hours accumulated, it appears that we could have a protracted bloom and shuck split, etc., all of which is very problematic to peach spray programs.  If this is the case, I am probably not telling you anything you do not already know, but as long as peaches are…

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  • I stole the write up from Lenny Wells, our Pecan Specialist, but it is important for all sectors of commercial agriculture to understand what is being proposed. Many growers may not realize that By March 31, the EPA has been court-ordered to make a final decision on whether to revoke all food use tolerances for chlorpyrifos,…

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  • As we near that magical chill hour cut off date of February 15th we once again find ourselves talking about what to do about low chill.  Last season (2015 – 2016) was historically low and this season is not shaping up to be much better.

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  • 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 (warm to hot and wet…

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  • 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 bacterial multiplication and disease development. …

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  • On February 2nd neither Beauregard Lee or Punxatawney Phil saw there shadow meaning that there would be an early spring.  Well since then we have had 110 chill hours which is more than we received in any of the past 4 years.  So where will we be on the 15th to finish out this winter.  I could make a guess…

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