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.