2014 Stone Fruit Field Day Posted!

Exciting news – the sponsors are set, the agenda and speakers have been finalized!  This year’s annual UF Stone Fruit Field Day will be held at the Frank Stronach Conference Center, at the Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, FL on April 22nd, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 pm.

We have a great agenda planned with presentations on postharvest management of peaches, the impact of our current climate on the southeastern U.S., new AgroClimate apps, chill accumulation and options for management in peaches, crop insurance progress and options, and the quest to find out why our rootstock, ‘Flordaguard’ is resistant to nematodes.

Lunch will be free again this year, thanks to our very generous sponsors, which include: Philip Rucks Citrus Nursery, ColdPICK Technologies, Maxijet, Inc., Island Grove Ag Products, Growers Fertilizer Corporation, KeyPlex, Valent Biosciences, Syngenta, and Carden and Associates, Inc.

Please register by April 15th, so that we have an accurate headcount for lunch.  There is a place on the registration form to input any dietary restrictions so that we can get the appropriate lunch for you and you won’t go hungry!


The link for registration is: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-uf-stone-fruit-annual-field-day-tickets-10742449957.

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know!


Crop Insurance Availability for 2014

I hope that everyone is having a good fall and it’s been a great start to the school year for all of us who have kids.  (I didn’t remember that school pictures were so expensive – even the cheapest “package”!)

I am happy to report that one of my short-term goals when I came to this job is coming into view- with the USDA-RMA offering 2014 written agreements for crop insurance to growers of Florida peaches (at least in southern counties).  Previously the only counties covered in the USDA-RMA program were northern Florida counties in Madison, Jefferson, and Hamilton counties.

Dr. Jeanne Lindsey, based in the USDA-RMA office in Valdosta, GA has said that written agreements are an important first step for county expansion of a crop program into a non-traditional production area.

The deadline for requesting a written agreement is November 20, 2013, but the agency may need some time to process the request, so it is suggested to have information into them by October 31, 2013.  All written agreements will be evaluated based on procedures in their Written Agreement Handbook.