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UF Stone Fruit Annual Field Day

University of Florida - IFAS Extension

Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

UF Stone Fruit Annual Field Day

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2013 UF Stone Fruit Field Day

Please join us for the annual stone fruit field day to be held at the new Frank Stronach Conference Center at PSREU, in Citra, FL.  This is the same location as in previous years; however we will be in a more comfortable location this year! 

We will be serving lunch again this year at no cost to you thanks to the generosity of Philip Rucks Citrus Nursery, Maxijet, Island Grove Ag Products, Growers Fertilizer Corporation, Valent Biosciences, Syngenta and Keyplex.  If you see representatives from these companies, please thank them!

We have a great agenda planned with information on stone fruit diseases, reports on new and novel post-plant mangement for nematodes, and cultural practices for stone fruit. 

Please register before April 15th, 2013 so that we can have an accurate headcount for lunch.  In addition, if you need a vegetarian meal, please let me know.

If you have any questions, please let Mercy Olmstead know - mercy1@ufl.edu or 352-273-4772. 

Hope to see you there!

 

AGENDA:

10:00 AM -10:05 AM      Registration and Welcome

10:05 AM – 10:35 AM    Use of ReTain to Enhance Peach Fruit Size in South Central Florida
Dr. Mercy Olmstead, Assistant Professor and Stone Fruit Specialist, UF-IFAS, Gainesville, FL               

Dr. Olmstead will present research from last year in cooperation with Dr. Steve Futch, regional extension agent, when we examined the use of ReTain® (a plant growth regulator) to increase fruit size and improve fruit quality in early maturing peach varieties in South Central Florida. 

10:35 AM – 11:05 AM     Update on the Potential of Novel Post-Plant Nematicides in Peach Production
Mr. Andy Shirley, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

                                    Mr. Shirley will discuss his research on novel management strategies for nematodes in the southeastern United States for peach orchards. 

11:05 AM – 11:20 AM     BREAK (Fruit Tasting)

11:35 AM – 12:00 PM     Update on the Peach Breeding Program                              
Dr. Jose Chaparro, Professor, UF-IFAS, Horticultural Sciences Department, Gainesville, FL

What’s new on the horizon for the Florida Peach Industry?  What about ornamental varieties?  Dr. Chaparro will be talking about the latest news in the peach breeding program, including an update of our low-chill seedling evaluation site in Fort Pierce, FL.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM    LUNCH

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM      Charitable Contributions of Fruit to Community Food Banks
Janet Streit, Second Harvest North Florida, Food Industry Relations Coordinator

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM        Managing Fungal Gummosis in Peach
Dr. Thomas Beckman, Stone Fruit Breeder, USDA-ARS, Byron, GA

                                    Dr. Beckman will give the industry and update on progress made towards fighting this disease that has few control options.  Peach trees infected with Botryosphaeria often exhibit gummosis on branches or scaffolds and can result in up to 40% yield losses.

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM        Peach Disease Update

Dr. Phil Brannen, Professor and Plant Pathologist, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

                                    Dr. Brannen will speak about current research projects and the products/chemicals being used, as well as their efficacy and give general recommendations.  He will also instruct participants where to go to find information about specific chemicals and labeling. 

2:00 – 2:20 PM              Impact of Nitrogen Rate on Vegetative Growth in a Mature Orchard

                                    Dr. Mercy Olmstead, Assistant Professor and Stone Fruit Specialist, UF-IFAS, Gainesville, FL               

                                    Dr. Olmstead will speak about on-going research involving various nitrogen rates and report on the impact of these on vegetative growth and fruit quality.  This is a preview of an international presentation!

2:20 – 2:30 PM              Meeting wrap-up, Survey

2:30 – 3:00 PM              Field Tour of Research Plots in Orchard

 

 

Have questions about UF Stone Fruit Annual Field Day? Contact University of Florida - IFAS Extension

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Plant Science Research and Education Unit
University of Florida
2556 West Highway 318
, 32113

Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)


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