Recent cold weather is good news for peach growers
A peach growing on a peach tree
Peaches being harvested
BROOKS CO., GA (WALB) -
While you may not like this recent cold weather, peach growers certainly do.
Growers need a certain amount of chill hours, or time when the temperature drops below 45 degrees, in order to have a plentiful harvest.
So far this year, the number of chill hours is ahead of where its been the last two years.
"The past two years, we've only gotten 300 chill hours the whole year. As of the 8th, we were at 316 chill hours," said Brooks County Ag. Agent Garvey Nichols.
"The peaches that we grow here, those varieties, here in Brooks County, require anywhere from four to six hundred chill hours. So, we're a lot closer to that mark than we have been in previous years at this time," Garvey continued.
If the temperature drops below freezing though, that can actually hurt the peaches.