Georgia Peach Crop Faces Nearly 80% Loss This Year

May 31, 2017 11:22 AM
 
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Georgia's peach crop is suffering much worse than expected after an overly warm winter and a hard freeze in early spring.

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday that nearly 80% of the state's peach crop has been wiped out because of the weather.

Black says the lack of peaches could mean a shorter season for Georgia consumers. He says farmers probably won't ship out of state.

Initially, farmers hoped to salvage about 70% of the crop.

The newspaper reports that the loss, combined with a blow to this year's blueberry crop, could mean a $300 million hit to farmers.

The peach crop issue has been worse in neighboring South Carolina, where Black says he's told more than 85% of the crop was lost.

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