Cold snap leads to problems with peach harvest

CLANTON, Ala. (WIAT) – The cold snap in late March did a number on the peach crop in Chilton County. The question now is how much damage was done?

In some orchards there is a 90% to 95% bud loss and the concern now is whether the remaining buds are still viable. Jim Pitts, the director of Chilton County Extension Services, showed a few off a few of the buds to CBS42. He said, “[the ones] that are alive may be damaged. The seed may be damaged in which it may grow a peach and then after about two months it just stops growing.”

The good news, though, is that there will be peaches this summer. The ones with the most damage are the peaches harvested early in the season.  Most of the later maturing varieties should be okay.

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