Recent frost seems to have caused minimal damage to this year’s peach crop. Strawberries are also safe thanks to row crop coverings.
Edgar Vinson, fruit specialist with the Chilton Research and Extension Center, has stated that initial indications are that many peach orchards were able to use wind machines to keep the flowering trees above freezing. However, some orchards have sustained damage, and this damage may be worse than has initially been indicated, Vinson also told clantonadvertiser.com.
“It really depends on the location of the orchard,” Vinson said. “We have some that were higher elevation during those (frost events), so they didn’t sustain as much [frost].”
The earliest varieties are anticipated to be ripe in late May or early June. Strawberries that are now in the harvest season were protected by row cover. “Row cover is pretty effective,” Vinson said.
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