SC peach farmers fear crop losses due to freezing temps

It doesn't look good for the area's peach crop. After two nights of sub-freezing weather, some farmers are worried the crop might be lost for the year.

YORK, S.C. -- There are worries that South Carolina's peach crops might be lost for the season with the incoming cold temperatures.

It will take a few more days to be sure, but farmers like Sam Hall -- who checked the blossoms on his trees at his farm in York -- is concerned.

"See, that's the beginning of a little peach right there," he said, breaking open on the blossoms, many of which appear wilted.

While he might get a few peaches he says at best, it will be a light crop.

Hall and his family run the Bush-n-Vine Farm and farmstand.

The family learned a lesson from a similar freeze in 2007 that decimated more than 90 percent of the upstate's peach crop.

Now there is diversification. Hall grows peaches but they make up only 10 percent of his crop.

He also grows strawberries that are coming in now and blueberries that also have to be protected from the freeze.

Hall and his crew were up and out in the field every two hours last night to make sure sprinklers were coating the blueberry bushes with water.

The water freezes on the branches and acts as insulation, keeping the temperature around the blossom at 32 degrees, even when the temperature dips well below freezing.

There is another night of cold weather ahead but Hall hopes a high power will protect his crops and his family.

"He took care of us in 2007 and he is going to take care of us this year too," he said.
 

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