Georgia has two commercial peach-growing regions. The central region is the largest with about 1.6 million peach trees and 75 percent of the state's production. The southern region produces about 30 million pounds of peaches annually.

Although Georgia is called the Peach State, it is not the country's leading producer of peaches. Still, Georgia produces over 130 million pounds of peaches each year, and fresh Georgia peaches are available from mid-May to mid-August.


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Popular Publications
  • Home Garden Series: Home Garden Peaches (C 1063) Growing peaches and other fruit trees in Georgia and the southeastern United States is challenging. Peaches are not native to North America; however, many cultivars have been developed for our area, and Georgia has a long history of successful peach production. One must choose the site and the proper cultivar and provide care throughout the year to be successful. This publication includes information for peaches on site selection and preparation, planting, fertilizing, insects, diseases, and harvesting. Recommended varieties for Georgia are also listed.
  • Peach Orchard Establishment and Young Tree Care (C 877) Essential to successful peach tree culture is selection of a location that provides adequate sunlight, cold air drainage and water drainage.
  • Southeastern Peach, Nectarine, and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide (B 1171) This guide covers multiple states and production areas. Pest problems vary across the Southeast. Pesticide rates are a guideline. Exceptions are noted for specific locations and pests, but this guide does not list every exception. Listed pesticides may not be registered for the uses recommended here in all states. This guide is to be used only by commercial growers. Observe all label precautions and recommendations. Brand names of pesticides are given in the spray schedule as a convenience to the grower. They are neither an endorsement of the product nor a suggestion that other products with the same active ingredient are not effective.
  • Simple Tree Training Technique for Peaches (C 878) A relatively new peach tree training system is being adopted by some southeastern peach growers; it is an easy, low-maintenance system that can be used even in the home orchard.
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Websites

UGA-affiliated sites

UGA Peach Blog News and timely updates on peach production in Georgia.

Peaches at UGA Resources on peach commercial and home production from planting to storing and Georgia Peach Team and Council contacts.

Impact Statements: Peaches Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices related to peaches.

UGA Department of Horticulture Learn more about the horticulture department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

UGA Department of Plant Pathology Learn more about the plant pathology department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

External sites

Georgia Peach Council Peach facts, grower profiles, nutrition information, recipes and current news and events.


We're Here To Help Contact your local UGA Extension office to find out how our team of county agents can assist you.
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Peaches at UGA The Peaches at UGA website contains the latest on peach research and Extension information from UGA's team of peach scientists.
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News
  • Peach Crop High-chill peach varieties not expected to bloom until late March or mid-April. Published: 03/27/17
  • Ag Tour Ag commissioner, UGA leaders see peaches, sod and seeds up-close Published: 09/07/16
  • GMO Safety GMOs undergo years of safety testing and have been proven safe before they make it to the supermarket. Published: 08/18/16
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Top Peach Producers
County Name Value
Colquitt $473,233,569
Madison 452,121,098
Hart 445,358,748
Franklin 401,762,962
Mitchell 356,112,652
Jackson 323,172,205
Tattnall 322,139,619
Macon 294,711,849
Decatur 282,226,107
Hall 280,710,574
State Total: $13,838,993,517

Displaying farm gate values for 2015. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.