Rain, Rain, Rain, and a Peach Fall Seminar

I hope that everyone had a great summer and got through your summer pruning without any major issues. The constant rain has been a challenge for drainage systems, and probably has brought to light areas in your orchard where drainage can be improved.

Here is a link to a UF Extension document that has some pointers for improving drainage, particularly the Tile Drainage section: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ch165.

Fall Peach Seminar

For those in Central Florida, fall is a perfect time to attend educational seminars. Mr. Gary England is leading the Central Florida peach extension group (Alicia Whidden, Cami Esmel McAvoy, and Chris Oswalt) and together, they have set up an excellent agenda.  Please register at: UF PEACH FALL SEMINAR REGISTRATION LINK

Date: September 17, 2015

Location: UF Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Time: 8:45 AM – 3:00 PM

A highlight of the educational sessions will be presentations from University of Georgia Peach Pathologist, Dr. Phil Brannen, covering important disease problems of peach and also nematode related disorders.  Other topics being covered are:

  • Variety Update
  • Florida Peach Marketing Order Update
  • Weed Management
  • Fruit Fly Management
  • Postharvest Peach Handling
  • Results of Nitrogen and Hydrogen Cyanamide trials


8:45         Registration and Trade Show Opens

9:20         Welcome – Dr. Jack Rechcigl

9:30         Peach Variety Update – Dr. Dario Chavez, University of Georgia-Griffin

10:20       Peach Diseases – Dr. Phil Brannen, University of Georgia

11:10       Break

11:30       Marketing Order Update – Phil Rucks, Phil Rucks Citrus Nursery

11:45       Peach Weed Management – Dr. Peter Dittmar, University of Florida

12:15       Lunch

1:10         Fruit Fly Management – Dr. Phil Stansly, University of Florida

1:35         Postharvest Management – Dr. Steve Sargent, University of Florida

2:05         Peach Tree Short Life – Dr. Phil Brannen, University of Georgia

2:30         Nitrogen and Hydrogen Cyanamide Studies – Drs. Tripti

                Vashisth and Mercy Olmstead, University of Florida

3:00         Adjourn