A project funded in part by Southeastern SARE and the SC Peach Council was recently featured in Vegetable and Specialty Crop News. We determined that applying a 1.5% oil solution at delayed-dormant timing to pre-pruned trees required larger volume of oil solution to be as effective in managing San Jose scale as 100 gpa applied to post-pruned trees. These results will hopefully help growers more effectively and more efficiently manage scale insects in their orchards. Check out the article here.
A new article featuring work done in our lab was published in Vegetable and Specialty Crop News. This work was done in collaboration with Phil Brannen and Cain Hickey at UGA. This article was a followup to a previous article published here.
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Last week, a federal appeals court ordered the EPA to remove chlorpyrifos from sale in the United States within 60 days. While the threat of losing chlorpyrifos is not new and the ban is bound to happen eventually, this was a surprise decision that could significantly impact the way we manage pests in the southeast. The situation is still unfolding, but you can read more about the decision here:
Can't we just agree that both states produce great peaches ;)