Well, this winter has arrived! With temperatures clear into the mid-20’s this morning, we had a nice boost in our chill unit accumulation in Gainesville. Hopefully it wasn’t as cold in Central Florida that frost protection measures had to be applied.
The Central Florida Peach Extension Team will be having a peach roundtable next week on January 26th, 2016 at the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service Office.
Address: 36702 State Road 52, Dade City, FL
Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch will be sponsored by Tim Wood of Growers Fertilizer Corporation, so please contact Gail to let her know that you will be there (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, January 25 at noon.
The latest newsletter for Central Florida has been published and contains details about topics, speaker and discussion: Peach Winter 2016
If Texas is a destination for your fruit this year, then FDACS has a program which will benefit you.
FDACS is calling the program “Participant Pathway to Peaches”, which will result in a certification of your peaches for shipping to Texas. Although applications for NEW parcels was to be submitted by October 1, 2015, please contact Denise Marshall (Denise.Marshall@FreshFromFlorida.com) for information on submitting new parcels for monitoring and certification. Below are two documents that help to explain this program and the costs per acre. The billing minimum is 40 acres.
Participant Pathway to Peaches 0115
Peach Easy Step Procedures 2016
For more information on the FDACS website regarding the peach protocol for 2016, please see: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Plant-Industry under “Hot Topics”.