Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Much better Georgia peach harvest expected this year

After the dismal yields of peaches in Georgia for the last two years, producers are excited that this year looks like it might be one of the best. This has been a much better winter for chill hours than the previous two, setting up the crop for good blooming. Even though early peach varieties that were blooming in March got nipped by frost, most of the later varieties are in good shape, according to Jeff Cook, extension agent in Peach and Taylor Counties, in an article at WCTV.tv at http://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Georgias-peach-crop-expected-to-be-better-than-last-years-479855083.html. Loss estimates this year are around 20% compared to 80% last year.

Source: USDA ARS