San Jose scale confirmed

During the growing season when we found insects or other issues in our orchard we often submitted samples of them for identification. One sample, which without a microscope appeared to be a disorder of the fruit was found to be the effect of a scale insect, and has been confirmed as San Jose scale. Thank you to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Lyle Buss (UF insect ID lab) for assisting us with identifying this sample. Photos courtesy of Mr. Buss.

Quadraspidiotus perniciosus on peach1 - BussQuadraspidiotus perniciosus on peach3 - Buss


End of season Stink Bug captures

One of our speakers at the Stone Fruit Workshop and Field Day this year, Cory Penca, has compiled some of his data on stink bug captures at several sites in Florida during the 2017 and 2018 peach growing seasons. The trend for the number of stink bugs caught is downward this year, possibly due to the cooler weather we experienced this season. This data will help to establish the threshold of when to take action to control the pest.

Have a look:

Did you experience any unmarketable fruit due to Stink Bug damage or other major pest damage this year? Let us know!


Summer Pruning

The summer pruning has begun! Now that all the fruit are gone, it is time to begin thinking about orchard management that will affect next years crop. Summer pruning is one strategy to help control canopy vigor, increase air circulation within the canopy, and to increase the number of fruit bearing lateral branches for next year. In our orchard we set our pruning height at 8ft., this may vary depending on the age of your trees. The sides were also trimmed back 1-2 feet to maintain the alleyway width convenient to move equipment through. The pruning will be followed soon after with a fungicide application to help reduce the potential for disease.

Stone fruit field day, new Facebook page

Stone Fruit Workshop and Field Day

We would like to say thank you to everyone who attended our Stone Fruit Workshop and Field Day! We hope the day was informative and fun, it was great to meet more of the faces of the Florida peach industry and all who have an interest in peaches.

Many thanks to the staff at the UF/IFAS Plant Science Research & Education Unit, the faculty and staff from Florida and Georgia, and Maxijet for sponsoring our lunch.

If there are any further questions or comments you may have, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you again next year or by a visit to your farm!


Facebook page

We have recently created a Facebook page for the UF Stone Fruit program, check it out!