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Farmers say peach crop still OK

February 22, 1997

From staff reports

The recent warm weather shouldn't hurt this year's peach crop, Washington County Extension Agent Don Schwartz said Friday.

Schwartz said peach tree buds would swell a bit with the warm weather, but will shrink back when lower temperatures return next week.

The peach crop could be hurt if a prolonged stretch of warm weather caused the buds to bloom early and then get hit with a stretch of freezing temperatures.

"Anything in agriculture, you never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you," Schwartz said.

Schwartz said that this year has the potential to be a great year for fruit because of last year's wet weather.

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Farmers will probably have to thin out the fruit, Schwartz said. Otherwise, what does grow would be undersized.

"Any producer would be looking for a good crop for once," Schwartz said.

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