Stone Fruit Stories

Stone Fruit
June 6, 2017
California Dried Plum Crop Expected To Double
After the disastrous 2016 bloom, a more normal crop this year has the prune industry back on track. Read More
Stone Fruit
June 5, 2017
Michigan State University Awarded Grant to Tackle Spotted Wing Drosophila
Research team seeks solutions to protect state’s cherry crop. Read More
Stone Fruit
June 4, 2017
Multiple Leader Training Optimizes Sweet Cherry Labor Efficiency
The final intensive training system to be examined in the North American NC-140 Sweet Cherry Canopy Architecture and Rootstock Trial Read More
Stone Fruit
May 23, 2017
Northeast Peach Crop Rebounds
After a mild winter and relatively uneventful bloom time, the crop is setting up nicely for the region. Read More
peach buds and blossom
Stone Fruit
May 8, 2017
USDA Researchers Say Georgia Peach Crop Worst in 100 Years
Spring freeze, not enough chill hours make for a tough growing season. Read More
Stone Fruit
April 29, 2017
Challenging Cherry Disease Keeps Growers, Researchers on Their Toes
With a few years of experience with more is understood about little cherry disease, however, few unknowns remain. Read More
Stone Fruit
March 29, 2017
Plum Varieties are Complex and Fascinating [Slideshow]
While diversity in species gives the consumer many options, plums can be a challenge for growers and marketers. Read More
Freeze protected blueberry bushes in Florida
Berries
March 25, 2017
Florida Blueberry Crop Escapes Slap from Late-Season Cold Snap
Freeze protection tactics prove fruitful as local producers look to gain from Georgia’s loss. Read More
Frozen blueberries
Berries
March 15, 2017
Arctic Blast Gives Southern Fruit Growers the Chills
Peaches and berries in bloom most at risk from freezing temperatures. Read More
UFGem peach variety
Marketing
March 15, 2017
Florida Peaches Scoring Points with Consumers on the Go
Snack-sized fruit presents unique marketing opportunity for growers. Read More
Mycelial fans armillaria root rot
Nuts
February 27, 2017
Getting to the Root of Devastating Stone Fruit Fungus
Armillaria root rot is a death sentence for trees and replant sites; however, researchers are looking to breed fungus-resistant rootstocks to make replanting economically feasible. Read More
Florida potato field in bloom.
Citrus
February 22, 2017
New Insecticide Available to Combat Sucking, Chewing Pests
Minecto Pro from Syngenta has received EPA approval for use in specialty and vegetable crops to control lepidopteran and other pests. Read More
Stone Fruit
February 14, 2017
Georgia Peach Growers Brace for Low Chill Hours
Last year trees netted almost 700 chill hours; however, Extension agent expects that figure to drop to 600 hours this year. Read More
a trio of peaches
Stone Fruit
February 4, 2017
Clemson Researchers Hope to Breed Tastier, Healthy Peaches
Health boosting, more flavorful stone fruit will hopefully be on the horizon thanks to new grant. Read More
Stone Fruit
January 28, 2017
Take a Close Look at Super Spindle Axe
Fruiting walls can help tame the vigor of early cropping systems. Read More
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Stone Fruit
November 14, 2017
Southeastern Peach Growers Hope for Wint…
Chill hours being sought, but the possibility of a La Niña climate pattern could mean a drier and warmer winter. Read More
Stone Fruit
October 27, 2017
Spotted Wing Drosophila is an Old Pest, …
Growers in the East and Midwest have noticed the invasive pest feeding on uncompromised fruit. Read More
Stone Fruit
September 25, 2017
Many Pollinators Boost Cherry Yields — N…
Researchers are finding a multi-pronged approach to pollinators give both sweet and tart cherry growers the best results. Read More
Stone Fruit
September 9, 2017
Southeast Peach Prices Soar with Small C…
While the Georgia and South Carolina peach crop is tiny, locally grown peaches are selling for big bucks. Read More
Farm Marketing
August 31, 2017
Winning at Farmers’ Markets – Secr…
Small farmer Rodney Stackhouse cashes in at 25 farmers’ markets a week by growing 200-plus varieties of stone fruit and empowering a crackerjack staff. Read More
Stone Fruit
August 29, 2017
What Will Be the Next Generation of Cher…
Take a look at what the future has in store for NC-140 Sweet Cherry Canopy Architecture and Rootstock Trials. Read More
Insect Control
August 22, 2017
Stink Bug Threatens High-Dollar Crops in…
While populations are low, it appears invasive pest has recently stumbled upon the state’s peaches and almonds. Read More
Stone Fruit
August 1, 2017
Researcher: Cherry Growers Must Use Dise…
Dave Jones, Extension Educator with Michigan State University, says growers are well accustomed to monitoring and thinking ahead. Read More
Stone Fruit
July 31, 2017
Clemson Peach Breeding Hones in on Disea…
In spite of the March freeze that devastated growers in the region, one producer says breeding for taste and quality needs to prevail. Read More
Disease Control
July 25, 2017
Brown Rot Sinks its Teeth into Michigan …
Unseasonably wet weather causes outbreak, and growers are warned it can spread to peaches. Read More
Stone Fruit
July 6, 2017
Oriental Fruit Moth One Shifty Pest
This moth has many characteristics that have allowed it to adapt and thrive in many peach and nectarine growing regions. Read More
Stone Fruit
July 5, 2017
Floyd Zaiger is the Sweetness Scientist …
Floyd Zaiger’s innovative lab extends to the orchard, where he and his kids’ crosses produce some of the world’s most fabulous fruit. Read More
Apples & Pears
June 19, 2017
Bee-ware: New Resources Released for Nat…
New videos, webinars available during week-long observance. Read More
Stone Fruit
June 17, 2017
Keep an Eye out for Peach Leaf Curl
Follow these tips to prevent the disease next year. Read More
Stone Fruit
June 12, 2017
Monster Sweet Cherry Crop Expected
But the tart cherry crop is forecasted to drop nearly one-quarter from 2016. Read More
Stone Fruit
June 6, 2017
California Dried Plum Crop Expected To D…
After the disastrous 2016 bloom, a more normal crop this year has the prune industry back on track. Read More
Stone Fruit
June 5, 2017
Michigan State University Awarded Grant …
Research team seeks solutions to protect state’s cherry crop. Read More
Stone Fruit
June 4, 2017
Multiple Leader Training Optimizes Sweet…
The final intensive training system to be examined in the North American NC-140 Sweet Cherry Canopy Architecture and Rootstock Trial Read More