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A new method: Mitcham plants hybrid peach trees

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Leader photo by NANCY BERGERON - Mitcham Farms owner Joe Mitcham with a placard marking one of the MP-29 peach-plum hybrid trees. University of Georgia researchers grafted the root stock in effort to create a peach tree that’s resistant to the Armillaria root rot.

Ruston peach grower Joe Mitcham is banking on a peach-plum hybrid dubbed MP-29 to jumpstart the dwindling local peach crop.

But it could take as long as eight years to know how well the experimental trees do, “presuming they live,” Mitcham said.

University of Georgia researchers developed the MP-29 root stock in effort to create a peach tree that’s resistant to the Armillaria root rot.

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