Cold Winter Hurt Peach Crop

May 27, 2014

The winter's sub-zero temperatures hurt Ohio's peach crop.

Peach trees that normally would be blooming are showing no signs of that at many Ohio orchards. The president of the Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association says farmers brought sample buds to a February meeting, and each was dead. Orchard owner Marshall Branstool blames winter weather that swung temperatures from above freezing to below zero within days. He says the buds on his 5,000-plus peach trees at Branstool Orchards in Utica started to come in and turned black instead of green. He's considering trying to buy peaches from a grower in Pennsylvania if they're available. That's no sure thing. Pennsylvania is among several other states whose peach crops were harmed by the cold.