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Georgia peach farmers projected to lose 20 percent of crop

South Georgia expected to lose 20 percent of crop (Source: WALB) South Georgia expected to lose 20 percent of crop (Source: WALB)
Utley speaking about the south Georgia's peaches this harvest season (Source: WALB) Utley speaking about the south Georgia's peaches this harvest season (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

A year ago South Georgia experienced weather patterns much like this year's, and last year they were expected to lose almost 80 percent of the peaches. 

This year, we aren't expected to lose nearly as much.

There is only a 20 percent projected loss, but many are still concerned. 

Scott Utley, the agricultural and natural resource program coordinator for the Southwest District, said that the weather we have been experiencing these past few weeks has not caused any crop loss. 

Utley said crops aren't growing as fast but he believes they'll bounce back as the weather warms up. 

"We, on some of the earlier varieties, we did suffer some loss from some freeze damage but the later varieties, things are coming along good with them," said Utley.

Utley said his district's farmers are going to continue to watch the crops for the year, but they don't expect to see any changes in the near future as far as losses go. 

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