Frost Protection Survey – Responses Needed!

Researchers at the University of Florida are conducting a short survey on frost protection for peaches. The online survey is anonymous and should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Your answers to survey questions will help guide scientific and economic research on frost protection to be relevant to your operations.

The researchers ask that only one person per farm complete the survey. The survey should be completed by the individual most directly involved in overall farm management and frost protection decision making (if any).

The survey has been reviewed by the University of Florida’s Institutional Review Board to protect the rights and welfare of survey respondents. If you need further information about this research, please contact Dr. Mercy Olmstead at or Elizabeth Conlan at

The survey can be accessed at :

Thank you for your assistance.


Elizabeth Conlan
M.S. graduate student
UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department


Mercy Olmstead, Ph.D.
Stone Fruit Extension Specialist
UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department


Final Peach Marketing Order

The Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services will be having their FINAL public hearing on the peach marketing order next month.

It will be held at the Polk County Extension office, located at:

W.H. Stuart Conference Center
1702 South Holland Parkway
Bartow, FL 33830

The agenda for this meeting includes:

  • Overview of a Marketing Order – Chris Denmark
  • Reading of Proposed Peach Marketing Order – Phil Rucks
  • Discussion of proposed marketing order
  • Adjourn
If you would like to see the current state of the marketing order language and definitions, please download them here: PMO Draft 2.0 08202015.

MyIPM App Available for Peach!

As I am sitting in a meeting of Southeastern fruit extension agents, I just heard about a new app that might help you to diagnose and decide on a management program for a set of peach diseases. This may be especially useful if you find bacterial spot or brown rot showing up in orchards this spring due to the forecasted cooler and wetter spring because of the strong El Niño still in place.

It’s called MyIPM, and is available on the Apple App Store for iPhones and Google Play for Android devices.

MyIPM provides Integrated Disease Management (IPM) information for conventional and organic production of strawberries and peaches in the Southeastern United States. The target audience is commercial growers, farm advisors, and specialists, but homeowners may also find useful information.