So far, so good for peach, berry crops in S.C. » Anderson Independent Mail

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So far, so good for peach, berry crops in S.C. » Anderson Independent Mail

via So far, so good for peach, berry crops in S.C. » Anderson Independent Mail.

This is starting to look like a good year for South Carolina’s peach and berry growers.

“We’ve been really fortunate lately as far as the weather is concerned with fruit and berry crops,” said Andy Rollins, a Clemson Extension agent in Spartanburg County.

He added, “Things look pretty good right now for peaches and strawberries — but we dodged a bullet with the weather last month. Honestly, I can’t explain it scientifically.”

Douglas Bielenberg, associate professor of plant physiology at Clemson, said the winter cold is essential to good peach development, but an early warm up followed by a hard freeze can wreck the state’s peach crop for the year, as it did in 2007.

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