An unseasonably warm winter coupled with a late freeze in March has dramatically impacted peach production in South Carolina, resulting in reduced yields across the state.
A fungus that grows throughout the southeastern U.S. shortens the life of peach trees from 15 to five years. But a new method, planting trees with their roots exposed, puts the trees out of reach of the fungus.
South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina are combining forces to help fruit growers grow more profitable crops.
Clemson University researchers have been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to expand organic peach production in the Southeast. Clemson University pomologist Juan Carlos Melgar and pathologist Guido Schnabel are tying paper bags on peaches as they grow on trees, an unconventional method of protecting them from insects and disease while reducing reliance on pesticides.
One crop that might have escaped most of the wrath of this past weekend’s historic rainfall is peaches. Other than some severe cases of erosion, peach farmers appear to have weathered the storm with relatively minimal damage.
South Carolina peach growers could extend the life of trees infected with Armillaria root disease by using a new planting technique on display at Clemson University’s Musser Fruit Research Center.
Clemson University researchers are opening the door for organic, chemical-free peach production in the Southeast. Extension specialists Juan Carlos Melgar and Guido Schnabel are tying bags on peaches as they grow on trees, an unconventional method of protecting them from insects and disease while reducing reliance on pesticides.
During late April and early May, Clemson Senior Extension agent Mark Arena spent about two weeks in a mountainous region of Guatemala training and assisting farmers who grow peaches, apples and plums.
Clemson University fruit specialist Guido Schnabel earned national recognition for helping fruit growers across the East Coast manage disease.
Clemson Extension agent Mark Arena will travel to Guatemala Sunday for an 18-day assignment coordinated by the United States Agency for International Development’s Farmer-to-Farmer program.
A smartphone app created to help peach and strawberry growers combat disease now is available for iPhone.
When it comes to analyzing character, soil is a lot like people: You have to dig beyond the surface.
February’s frigid temperatures could make spring and summer tiring seasons for South Carolina peach growers.
Clemson horticulture and genetics researchers are part of national team of scientists working on economically important fruit crops. The USDA has awarded the first year of a $10 million, five-year competitive grant, of which Clemson will receive $1.2 million.
A late freeze has claimed part of the Upstate peach crop, but strawberries have dodged the bullet and may provide a much-needed infusion of cash for fruit farmers.