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Harsh Winter Likely To Result In Smaller Indiana Peach Crop

Chris Fannin

It‘s peach season in Indiana, but it doesn't look like too many Hoosiers are having luck with their crop, thanks to a very harsh winter.

Thomas Roney, who helps manage Tuttle Orchard in Greenfield, Indiana, says for every degree below 10 degrees, you lose ten-percent of your peach crop.

He says because Indiana hit a sustained cold temperature of about 17-below this winter, a lot of the state‘s peach trees were severely damaged.

"Peaches are not, the wood's not as hearty, and it actually killed some of the trees," says Roney. "It just killed the wood all they way back. And there might be a portion of the tree that's alive but it might die in a few years so chances are you just take a chainsaw to your orchard."

Roney says apples are a different story.

He says apple trees are a lot better adapted to cold weather, meaning there should be a great apple crop this year, in about a month or so.