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Winter frost means lower capacity for Colorado peaches

In an interview with 9news.com Bruce Talbott, with Talbott’s Mountain Gold, in Palisade on Wednesday, talked about the state of his peach crops in Colorado. He told them his farm is about half way through the cherry harvest, quality is good, but the volume of fruit is down. The very early peaches will start next week, but they’re likely only going to be seen at fruit stands and farmers markets.

Bruce says he expects the peach crop to be about 85 perent of capacity for Mesa County, and in Delta County – it will be much lighter. He says the fruit crops – including apples, pears, and grapes were damaged by the spring frost.  The frost also slightly affected the peaches.

In Texas, it’s a totally different story. According to an affiliate, KVUE in Austin, the mild winter has resulted in a smaller amount of trees producing peaches. The trees need at least one month of very cold weather, so they can go dormant, however, that didn’t happen this year – so there are fewer peaches.  To compare, Talbott told that most varieties of peaches need 700-900 ‘chill hours’ and peaches grown in Colorado receive about 2,000.

source: 9news.com

Publication date: 6/19/2017


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