Researchers and Growers Discuss Effects of Warm Winter
The 2017 Chilton Area Peach Production Meeting will be heldTuesday, Jan. 24 at the Alabama Power Company Building, 2030 7th St. S (US Hwy 31 just north of I-65 Exit 205) in Clanton from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Supper will be served.
At 3 p.m. the new Grower Exhibition will open where producers can have free skin cancer screenings by Dr. Raj Patel with True Dermatology, visit with program speakers, Extension specialists and Kevin Burkett, a regional farm business agent. Don Wambles, Director of the AL Farmers Market Authority will demonstrate how to accept debit, credit and SNAP cards at the market. Participants can visit the Nutrition Education table for healthy recipes and produce bags; and learn about food product development opportunities at the Chilton Food Innovation Center (CFIC). Farmers who contact the Extension office in advance can also pick up their Grower’s Permits at this time.
At 4 p.m. speakers’ presentations begin including orchard management in a low chill year, pest management updates from Brett Blaauw UGA Extension Entomologist, AL Extension specialists’ fruit research at the Chilton Research and Extension Center (CREC), new produce safety requirements, and 2017 changes to the Worker Protection Standards.
Currently, Alabama is experiencing one of the warmest winters on record, with chill hours totaling 523 hours below 45° F as of January 18, 2017. This is very close to last year’s chilling accumulation and growers will likely need to adjust their management strategies to improve their cropping potential.
This meeting is free and open to the public. To register, call the Chilton County Extension Office (205) 280-6268 by Monday, January 23.