Peach Farmers Take Another Hard Hit From Mother Nature

Farmers are bracing for a cold night this after being hit with another dose of winter weather. Fruit growers say they are losing crops to the cold and temperatures and it's not looking to get any warmer this week.

With temperatures in the upper sixties on Sunday and then 4 inches of snow later that night crops are having a hard time keeping up with the drastic changes. For Bruce Talbott of Talbott farms this is round two of crazy spring weather. He already saw a loss last week with the hard freeze and now his luck looks rotten again. "We do know at this point that we definitely have crop reduction." But for the crops snow isn't always a bad thing.

At this point in the growing season temperatures in the lower twenties aren't good, but the snow can actually help. It acts like a blanket to keep the young buds warmer. The forecast for the this week is temperatures well below normal and another chance of snow. So how will the crops fair tonight? Bruce says that with temps staying cooler today his buds will not re-hydrate, so he think his crops will fair well.

So far this season he's looking at his crop reduction down to about 70–75 percent of normal, which is still better than a total loss. Many fruit growers say tonight will be another sleepless night as they work to keep crops warm.


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