Peach Marketing Order Comment Period & New Weevil Attacking Orchards

Comment on the Peach Marketing Order

For those that attended the 3 peach marketing order meetings in Dade City and in Bartow, THANK YOU! It was valuable to hear your opinions and challenges about the proposed marketing order. There is time for YOU to comment on the marketing order and you can do so by contacting Chris Denmark at FDACS:

The written comment period has been extended through June 30, 2015 to allow for additional comment on the proposed Peach Marketing Order.

If you wish to comment on the Marketing Order, please e-mail me directly at the e-mail below or Send any comments via mail to the address and attention below:


Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Division of Marketing and Development
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399 

Attention: Chris Denmark – Peach Marketing Order


It was clear that we still need to revive the Florida Peach Growers Association, and with an existing organization on the books at FDACS, all we need are leaders (and a tax attorney to file taxes).  Over the next 6 months, I plan on trying to organize people and resources to start holding semi-annual or annual meetings to address many of the issues that came up during the marketing order discussions.

Sri Lankan Weevil in South Central Florida

Sri Lankan Weevil, Photo: A. Neal, UF/IFAS
Sri Lankan Weevil, Photo: A. Neal, UF/IFAS

Anita Neal, Director and Environmental Horticulture Agent in St. Lucie Florida is on the lookout for this new weevil to attack peach trees.  We have found it on our trees at our Fort Pierce orchard and have employed multiple control methods to try and keep them out of our research and seedling evaluation block.

Distribution of Myllocerus undecimpustulatus undatus Marshall in Florida based on initial collection from 2000 to 2006, and additional data through 2012.
Figure 2. Distribution of Sri Lankan weevils, Myllocerus undecimpustulatus undatus Marshall, in Florida based on initial collection from 2000 to 2006, and additional data through 2012. Map created by Anita Neal, University of Florida. From:

For more information on this weevil: Sri Lankan Weevil. Damage to peach leaves is observed as notching, and leaves look as if they have been chewed at the leaf margins.  This damage is similar to that observed with either blue-green weevils or Diaprepes citrus weevil on peach. More images on peach leaf damage can be found in this document: Sri Lankan Weevil_HaveYouSeenThisPest.

If you have questions or see this weevil in your orchard, please contact Anita Neal at:

Anita S. Neal
Director/ Environmental Horticulture Agent IV
UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Extension
8400 Picos Road, Suite 101
Fort Pierce, FL 34945
772-462-1660 Phone
772-462-1510 Fax