A New Approach for Successful Organic Peach Production in the Southeast

Dr. Juan Carlos Melgar Jimenez, Clemson University

The production of organic peaches is extremely difficult under the humid conditions of the Southeast due to high pest and disease pressures, and the lack of effective, organically approved pesticides. Dr. Melgar Jimenez will be evaluating the use of paper bags to physically protect the fruit from pests and diseases to reduce reliance on spray applications and increase yields.

Impact: Increased economic opportunity for fruit farmers in the southeast and reduced reliance on pesticides.