UGA PEACH BLOG

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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Upcoming Peach Meeting

The 2016 Middle Georgia Peach Update is coming up soon.  The meeting will be held on Groundhog Day. February 2nd at the Fort Valley Farm Bureau building on highway 49.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m and finish with lunch at 12:00 p.m.
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Chill hours the lowest in more than a decade

The unusually warm fall has had quite a few agricultural impacts.  The Packer noted today that Florida strawberry volumes have really been set back by the warmth (link).  The season started early, but the heat is stressing the plants, which causes a reduction in the number of berries set. I’ve…
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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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