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Unpredictable weather threatens peach crop

March 3, 2006

Morven - This unseasonal weather could pose a threat to Georgia's peach crop. 

Most varities of peaches require between 500 and 800 chill hours to make a good crop, that's when temperatures reach below 45 degrees. They've already got more than enough hours and now a lot of the fruit is beginning to bloom.

But if we get a late frost, it could destroy much of the crop.  "I'm hoping the cold weather's gone but too many times over the past 12 years I've been here, we've had very late season freezes," said Brooks County Extension Agent Johnny Whiddon.

Peach farmers hope to start harvesting their crop in mid-April.

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