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Cold Weather Damages South Carolina Peach Crop

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Chalmers Carr, owner of Titan Farms says, "Well it's very stressful, but there's nothing you can do about it. We can run a little bit of irrigation. Some guys have some wind machines, they can do stuff like that. But it is a matter of degrees."

Chalmers Carr says a late-Winter hard freeze damaged a quarter of his peach crop.

"We did have a freeze in late-March that gave us a little bit of crop damage. So overall I'd say we have 75% of our crop. We lost some of our early varieties due to that, especially in some low-lying areas," said Carr.

This peach crop was hit hard by an early Spring cold snap…

The mercury dropped to 28 degrees on back-to-back nights back on March27 and 28th-That's about 15 degrees below average.

Those freezing temperatures damaged these peaches permanently.

And just last week we were hit by another cold wave…

Temperatures bottomed out at 40 degrees on May 14th, a record low for the middle of May.

While that wasn't cold enough to damage this year's crop further, it slowed down production by 2 weeks.

But the news isn't all bad for Titan Farms.

"We've had a very long, drawn-out bloom. We've had good cell development which should make for larger sized peaches as we go into the ripening process. It gives the fruit a better chance of getting its sweetness as well," said Carr.

The difference between damaged fruit and perfect, juicy peaches is easy to see…

The seeds on the green, flat peaches suffered damage during the freeze….

Versus the red and round peaches that are perfect.

All of these peaches came off the same tree and Carr says one or two degrees colder and he would have lost the whole crop.

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