Courtesy 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.