“Peach Doctor” Promotes Peach Season

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On May 14, Dr. Desmond Layne, Extension fruit specialist at Clemson University and “Stone Fruit” columnist for American/Western Fruit Grower, was interviewed on May 14 on Your Day Clemson, a radio magazine produced as a public service of Clemson University Radio Productions, featuring a wide range of topics of interest to South Carolina residents and visitors alike. In the interview, Layne discussed what growers and consumers can expect from the upcoming peach season in the Southeast, and described his thoughts on the “perfect peach.” You can hear the interview in its entirety by clicking here and clicking on the “Introducing The Peach Doctor” segment.

In related news, Layne will receive a communications award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents at their conference in Charleston, SC, July 15-19.

Layne’s entry, “Sweet Lessons from a South Carolina Peach Professor,” won first place in the Communications Award-Audio Recordings Category. He will receive a plaque and $500 at an awards luncheon July 17.

“Sweet Lessons from a South Carolina Peach Professor” aired on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” Aug. 18, 2011.

“To pick a perfect peach, obviously you need to pick it off the tree yourself,” he told Melissa Block during the interview. For those who pick peaches in supermarkets and not in orchards, he had three simple suggestions: “Smell it, squeeze it, look at where it’s from.”

Brian Sparks is editor of American Fruit Grower, a Meister Media Worldwide publication.

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