Monday, June 27, 2011

Peach Economics and Acreage Survey

Hello All,


I hope that your summer has been going well thus far!  I think that we have finally gotten into the pattern of the afternoon thunderstorms, which will help our drought situation. 


Well, I am writing with a request for some data to get a better idea of the size of the peach industry in Florida.  Dr. Kim Morgan and I received some funding from the FDACS Specialty Crop Block Grant program to conduct a study on orchard establishment and production costs, and this is the first step to finding out about the size of the industry. 


If you have a peach orchard (any size), or are thinking of putting one in, please fill out the online survey at:  All responses will be held confidential. 


We will not only use this information for our publication, which will end up as a budget of yearly costs, but also for making our case to USDA-RMA to expand the current area for crop insurance. 


Thank you for your time, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail or call myself or Dr. Kim Morgan ( 


Take care!



Mercy Olmstead, PhD

Stone Fruit Extension Specialist

University of Florida-IFAS

2135 Fifield Hall

Gainesville, FL  32611-0690



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