Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
January 22, 2009
While most of us are hoping for warmer days, South Georgia's crop of peach trees actually relies on these cold temperatures.
"We've had plenty of chill hours to put these things to sleep, and they've gotten the rest they need," said Irvin Lawson, owner of Lawon Peaches in Brooks County.
While the cold is beneficial, one variety of tree was fooled by December's spring-like temperatures. The Florida Dawn peach tree shouldn't bloom until late February. Lawson tells us, "They started blooming in January, and by January 10th, they were in full bloom."
Now that the temperatures have dropped below freezing, those blossoms are taking a hit. For the most part, the blooms that opened have been frozen out. However, Lawson points out, "There are still a few blooms on some of these limbs that are buds. They have not opened up, and there's a good chance they may come through it ok."
Lawson is hoping the weather permits him to produce a full crop, which is typically over 2 million peaches. Due to late freezes, it's been a couple of years since Lawson Peach's crop was full. Last year, they had just 35%. The year before that, the crop was only slightly better at 40%.
How are farmers feeling about this year? "I'm optomistic. I think we're going to have a good crop this year," says Lawson.
So long as old man winter doesn't have a surprise planned for early spring, the peaches should be ready for picking in April.