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Hogarth Range: Bumper peach and nectarine crop expected

On Hogarth Range, bees are busily doing their thing and Southview Orchard's stone fruit trees are bursting with beautiful blossoms. About 90 per cent of the stone fruit blossoms have been pollinated, and the bees are working their way through the last block of nectarine trees.

The blossoms arrived three weeks early on John and Frieda de Kleuver's farm, west of Casino in northern New South Wales. "We're looking at a consistent blossom this year. We've had inconsistent years in the past, but this year it's absolutely magic," Mr de Kleuver said. "I think it's the wet weather we had earlier in the year that actually helped us now, which is good."

The couple was optimistic the conditions would result in a bumper crop this October.


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