There have been several stories in the news this week about the continuing implications of last March’s frost on the supply of peaches and blueberries in the Southeast. Lack of chill hours also contributed to the low yields. In addition to the loss of the fruit production in Georgia and South Carolina, losses can be seen in lack of jobs for pickers and processors of the fruit. Fortunately, the fruit that is left is in good condition and is expected to be of high quality. Other areas like the Northeast also seem to have good yields predicted.
New York Times: The South Faces a Summer with Fewer Peaches
AgWeb: Georgia Peach Crop Faces Nearly 80% Loss This Year
Growing Georgia: Spring Freeze Causes Blueberry Shortage before Georgia Blueberry Festival
Growing Produce: Northeast Peach Crop Rebounds