Peaches look good but see some damage from freezing temperatures

Staff reportMarch 26, 2014 

Despite freezing temperatures early Wednesday morning, Middle Georgia’s peach crop overall still looks good, said Jeff Cook, extension agent for Peach and Taylor counties.

“It is a little too early to tell what damage occurred last night, but in really low areas or areas protected from the wind, some damage was evident,” Cook said Wednesday in an email. “We will have to wait and see what the extent of the damage is.”

Macon hit an overnight low of 26, according to the National Weather Service.

Winds with gusts up to 18 mph likely helped reduce damage to the crop, preventing a freeze on the ground and colder areas in many low-lying spots, Cook said.

Cook was out and about Wednesday looking at peaches and other crops such as canola, wheat and other small grains that could have been affected. Early blooming crops such as pears, apples, blueberries and plums likely will be affected as well, he said.

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