Peach Marketing Order Voting in January!

Peach Marketing Order referendum notices have been posted on the Florida Administrative Record and will be posted December 19 & 20, 2015, in The (Lakeland)Ledger, Orlando Sentinel, Tampa Tribune and Gainesville Sun in order to canvass the majority of the Peach growing region in Florida that will be affected by the proposed marketing order.  Attached is a copy of the notice.

Public Notice Advertisement – Newspaper

I have also attached a copy of the proposed marketing order as it has been written to be included in the referendum ballot being distributed on January 5, 2016.

PMO FDACS Draft 12-14-15

The ballots will be mailed to all growers and handlers whose addresses are known to FDACS as accumulated through sign-in sheets compiled at hearings, lists supplied through industry and to County Extension Offices in the affected marketing area on January 5, 2016.  They will include a copy of the proposed Peach Marketing Order, a letter/ballot and two envelopes (one ballot envelope and one return envelope).  The last day of ballot collection will be January 22, 2016.  Any ballots received after 4:30 PM, January 22, 2016 will not be opened.  Ballots will be tallied no later than January 29, 2016 and the referendum certified no later than February 8, 2016. (The last two items may occur earlier depending upon the number of ballots received.  These two dates are the latest dates on which these specific activities may occur.)

A post office box has been set up to receive ballots:

PO BOX 11297

Thank you,


Chris Denmark
Development Representative
Division of Marketing and Development
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
(850) 617-7341
(850) 617-7301 Fax

The Mayo Building
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0800


Calibrating Spray Equipment

DSC_0128This late fall weather has been absolutely crazy!

Many growers have peach trees in the orchard that have sporadic bloom on them, yet haven’t put out their oil sprays for scale, or other dormant sprays such as copper (if you had problems with bacterial spot last year and have a variety such as TropicBeauty or Flordaprince that are not as resistant).

If you have bud swell over 50% of the tree, be sure to reduce the percentage of oil that is applied, otherwise there is a fair chance for bud damage.

When you make the decision to start spraying, be sure that your equipment is in working order and is calibrated.  Calibration is important to avoid putting out more or less than the recommended amount.  If too much material is applied, the rate applied may be illegal (off-label), while if it is too little, disease or insect resistance may occur.

Here are some EDIS documents from UF on calibrating various pieces of spray equipment:

Calibrating Backpack Sprayers:

Broadcast Boom Sprayers:

Calibrating Airblast Sprayers:

Spray Gun Calibration:

Conversion Factors (handy to have around on a piece of paper!):

Pesticide Calibration Formulas and Information:

Pesticide Safety Miniposter (to hang up near pesticide storage):