Houston & Peach

Cold weather does little harm to peach crop

Tuesday night's temperatures didn’t dip low enough to hurt Middle Georgia’s peach crop.

“We had some temperatures below freezing, but only for a short time,” said Frank Funderburk, executive director of the Georgia Peach Council.

The midstate’s major peach growers estimated that they had lost perhaps 2 percent to 3 percent of their crop, Funderburk said, which is “no big deal.”

There are eight peach farmers across Middle Georgia, including farms in Peach, Crawford, Taylor and Macon counties. The smaller farms have about 300 to 600 acres of peaches. The four larger farms have from 1,800 to about 3,200 acres.

Funderburk said that early varieties of peaches should be ready for harvesting by about the middle of May.

— Staff reports