Mountain fruit growers are continuing to keep a close eye on the thermometer, already knowing it’s going to get too cold for many peach fruit buds to survive.
Jason Blackwell is an apple and peach orchard owner in Henderson County, NC and tells WLOS News…
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Blackwell said temperatures anywhere below the high- to mid-20’s threaten both crops.
Trey Enloe of Lewis Creek Farms told the Times News of Henderson (NC) his apples are fine after last weekend’s snow, adding that the buds weren’t out very far and at this point in the season, he doesn’t expect any damage.
Kenny Barnwell, who grows around 150 acres of apples and five acres of peaches, said snow doesn’t hurt the apple trees, but this week’s low temperatures hurt his peaches. He said if lows get down to the forecast of 21 degrees, he may be “pretty much out of the peach business.”
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