YORK COUNTY, S.C. -- The pruning is finished, the bees are buzzing and now, peach farmers in York County are hoping for a little bit of cooperation from Mother Nature over the coming days for a crop that looks to be big.
"Right now we have more than a full crop. Looking good," said Samuel Hall, farmer with The Bush-N-Vine farm off Filbert Highway in Western York County.
"From here on out is critical," he said. "There's a lot that can happen between now and the time you pick that peach. Last year was pretty tough."
Hall would know. Last year about this time, a deep freeze killed 90 percent of his crop.
Peaches can handle 25 to 32 degrees but anything lower than that will experience severe damage.
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) reported widespread damages all over the Upstate in 2017.
Each year, it's estimated the peach crop is worth $90 million dollars and employs 1,500 people across the state.
For Hall, he hopes 2018 will be kind.
"We'd love to have a full crop of peaches this year," he said. "It's been several years since we've had a good crop of peaches."
SCDA says South Carolina is the top peach producer on the east coast and second in the nation behind California.