California growers have been pleased with a better-than-expected peach crop this year. Manager and Field Representative for the California Canning Peach Association, Sutton Hunter said it was a bit of a rocky start to the season. However, yield totals ultimately came in larger than last year, at approximately 219,000 tons.
“It’s about seven percent up from last year when we had 204,000 tons,” Hunter noted. “This was a surprise to us all because as the year went along, we saw a real heavy bloom and we thought, ‘great, it’s going to be a great, heavy set.’ But because of that extended winter and the extended rains, it really knocked off a lot of those blossoms, causing our set to be a lot lighter than we expected.”