Peach orchards throughout Central Alabama are actively moving into full bloom. The bloom period will stretch over a longer period of time this season with different varieties, due to the slow accumulation of chilling. Warm to mild weather conditions are influencing the trees but, also the insects.
Dr. Clement Mensah has already collected green stink bugs from some plots near his peach block at EV Smith Research Center between Auburn and Montgomery. Yesterday the first plum curculio were captured here at the Chilton Research and Extension Center.
In addition to warmer weather we have had frequent rain events. Both insect and disease pressure will likely be high as we enter this new season of fruit production.Posted by boozert at March 9, 2012 09:24 AM