South Carolina peach growers anticipate more chilly nights

This week will be a tricky one for hundreds of peach growers around South Carolina, including operations based in Aiken, Edgefield and Saluda counties, with overnight temperatures expected to dip into the 20s (-7oC) in a few days.

“We’re a little ahead of where we would like to be with the season, just because we’ve still got a good bit of time ahead of us when we could have some cold temperatures,” said Sarah Scott, an Edgefield County-based horticulture agent with Clemson University Extension Service.

Peach blossoms started appearing about two weeks ago in the Ridge Spring-Monetta area, and popped up around Trenton last week, on track to help Edgefield County maintain its status as the state's top peach producer.

“We have some expected lows that have potential to be damaging to trees that are in bloom already,” Scott told, "but we’re hoping that those temperatures creep on up a little bit, so we can get by unscathed from that.”

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