Chris Ray: Guardian Rootstock Harvest
Chris Ray -- SC Crop Improvement Association
The impact of Guardian rootstock on Southeast peach production is that it allows a viable commercial peach industry in the Southeast. The reason for that is its resistance to peach tree short life, which causes the early death of commercial trees. Without Guardian root stock there wouldn't be a viable peach industry in the Southeast. Clemson University and the South Carolina Crop Improvement Association sell about 1.35 million seeds each year and the vast majority of trees grown in the Southeast are grown on Guardian rootstock.