Submitted to: Southeastern Peach Nectarine and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/25/2009
Publication Date: 3/12/2009
Citation: Nyczepir, A.P., Ritchie, D., Brannen, P. 2009. Nematode control on peaches. In: Horton, D, Brannen, P., Bellinger, B., Ritchie, D., editors. 2009 Southeastern Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. Bulletin 1171. p. 46-47. Interpretive Summary: Certain plant-parasitic nematodes continue to be a problem on peach in the southeastern United States if not managed properly. A regional management guide for all Southeastern peach producing states would be useful to growers to prevent confusion on what cultural and chemical control recommendations are available. A 2009 Southeastern Peach, Nectarine, and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide has been compiled and amended with the assistance of Extension and Research Scientists throughout the Southeast (with some contributors being from the Southwest [i.e., AL, AR, SC, FL, GA (State & ARS), LA, MS, NC, TN, and TX]. The nematode management section provides peach growers with current information on which chemical nematicides and rotation crops to use for controlling ring, root-knot, and (or) root-lesion nematodes. The section on “Post-Plant Treatment Nemacur (Bearing & Non-Bearing Trees)” was OMITTED from this section since this nematicide is no longer available for grower use. This 2009 management guide will provide growers with the most current recommendation practices available for peach nematode control in the southeastern United States.
Technical Abstract: This guide covers multiple states and geographical areas in the southeastern United States. Pest problems vary across this region of the country, therefore there may be specific pest problems not covered in this guide. Additionally, pesticides (mostly trade names) may not be available in all production areas. Nematode management practices covered in this guide include 1) preplant soil fumigation and 2) preplant crop rotation. Post-plant nematicide application is no longer available for peach growers in the Southeast, since Nemacur product registration was voluntarily withdrawn by the manufacturer in May 2007.