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Searcy, Ark. – Alert!! If you had problems with Peach Leaf Curl this season, we are
rapidly approaching the window to spray to prevent the disease next season.
Peach leaf curl is easily controlled with one well-timed fungicide application in
the fall after 90% of the leaves have dropped, or very early in the spring before
the buds begin to swell.
Chlorothalonil or copper sprays are effective. It is too late for chemical control
this spring, but if only a few leaves are infected, they may be handpicked and destroyed
to reduce inoculum levels.
By the time the tree leafs out and the symptoms of Peach Leaf Curl are evident, it
is too late to spray during the current season. Spores from the fungus Taphrina deformans
overwinters on twigs and bud scales.
Infection occurs at bud break early in the spring during cool, wet weather.
Blister-like swellings, curling, thickening, puckering, and discoloration of the leaves
are the first symptoms of Peach leaf curl.
Affected areas may turn pink, red or yellow. In severe cases, defoliation occurs along
with substantial yield loss.
The University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. For more information you can contact your local
county extension service, you can also follow Sherri Sanders on Facebook @UADA.WhiteCountyAgriculture
By Sherri Sanders County Extension Agent - AgricultureThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Sherri Sanders County Extension Agent - AgricultureU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service2400 Old Searcy Landing Road Searcy AR 72143 (501) 268-5394 firstname.lastname@example.org
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