Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

The Packer: Low-chill peaches are feeling Florida’s heat

The Packer published an interesting story this week about problems that Florida peach producers are having in peach production. Because Florida is so warm, they need to use special varieties of peaches that have low chill-hour requirements compared to peaches in Georgia and South and North Carolina. But the warm conditions over winter the last few years have made even those low numbers hard to reach, resulting in loss of yield because the trees don’t flower well if they don’t receive enough chill hours. You can read more here.

Source: Andrea Pavanello, Commons Wikimedia