Freeze hits Texas peaches hard

04/17/2013 04:19:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

peach bloomCourtesy Texas AgriLife ExtensionCold temperatures hit during bloom, one of the most sensitive times of the peach season.Unseasonably warm temperatures, followed by late freezes, may have cut the Texas peach crop by up to three fourths.

The actual damage depends on the variety and growing location, according to a news release.

In areas with good cold air drainage, a few peaches survived.

Certain varieties, in particular the Redglobe, seemed to fare better than others.

“We all hesitate to put that number out there, but I’d say the amount of crop we have (left) is about 20 to 25 percent,” Larry Stein, an AgriLife Extension horticulturist in Uvalde, said in the release.

The good news is the remaining crop should be of excellent quality and large size because of the freeze's natural thinning.

The Texas Hill Country is noted for its peaches and was hard hit, whereas East Texas orchards escaped relatively unscathed.

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Seattle WA  |  April, 18, 2013 at 02:21 PM

You know: Texas & California peaches are tasteless, have less nutritional values and over-the-top nitrates levels in them that who would want them? Nitrates give you cancer, are part of lawsuits in California for causing Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma! Plus nitrates are known to cause spontaneous abortions in pregnant women and bowel/abdominal cancer in men..... this what you want with your food? My advice is to ignore peaches until your local growers have them in season.

gary d    
lyndonville,ny  |  April, 20, 2013 at 06:02 PM

If peaches are tasteless from california & texas....what do you call them waxy flavored apples from washington.GIVE ALL FARMERS A BREAK...WE FARM YOU EAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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