Farmers see weather impact on peach crops

While some peaches survived, others couldn't stand the cold and hot temperatures

FORT MILL, S.C. -- June 1 marks the first day of the peach harvest. After a warm weather and cold spring, peach farmers are now starting to see what the effects had on their crops.

“We thought we were going to lose about 80 percent of our crops," said Jene Therrell.

Therell works at Springs Farm in Fort Mill.The company has been around since the 1930s and is most known for their peach crops.

This year’s unpredictable weather though putting Springs Farm along with other farmers across the state on high alert. A warm winter caused peaches to bloom early and a cool spring destroyed 85 to 90 percent of the state's peach crop.

Luckily some peaches survived.

“This is from out Sure Prince variety so those are our early peaches,” said Therell.

Other crops though couldn’t withstand the cold and hot temps.

“We did lose our “Flame Prince” variety so it’s really crop specific. It’s a day to day, tomorrow we could have peaches and in two weeks we could not have any," said Therell.

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