Wintry Weather Takes Toll on Peach Crops


by WCCB Charlotte

 GILBERT, SC -- The spring cold snap has farmers covering strawberries, but damage to peach crops is already done after a freeze in late March.  Some farmers say the extended wintry weather destroyed up to 75 percent of their peach crops.  Agriculture officials say peaches will still be available this year, it's just a matter of when.

"You might normally look for peaches the first of June.  Now, look for them in the middle of June," said South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers.

Agriculture officials estimate farmers in the Palmetto state will take a $15 million hit because of the drastic weather changes this year.

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