Everything's Peachy: Experts Predict Near Record Peach Crop

Denver (AP) Colorado's peach farmers say they're expecting a second consecutive bumper crop, and one of the largest in 30 years. The statewide projection calls for 12,000 tons of peaches this year. The Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service says it'll be the third–largest since 1973's record 14,000 tons, and last year's 13,000 tons.

The 2004 peach harvest produced $11.3 million dollars for growers. That's nearly twice as much farm income as apples, Colorado's second–most–valuable fruit crop. Farmers credit the absence of a late–spring frost, and hail during the month of May.

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