BY CARDINE JOHNSON
Georgia’s peach farmers have seen a massive decline in their crop yields this year due to unseasonably high winter weather and freezing in the spring. These farmers have lost approximately 80 percent of their crops and nearly 50 million dollars due to this devastation according to Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black’s office.
Farmers in the State of Georgia are not the only state impacted by crop failure. South Carolina has lost more than 85 percent of their crop as reported by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. California is not too far behind with their loss of the peach crop as well. However, it’s not just farmer’s who are being impacted. This severe loss of crops is devastating for farmhands who spend as much as nine months pruning the trees.
In 2016, the Georgia Peach Council indicated the peach crop was strong and able to yield an approximate 35 percent increase with a large profit predicted for farmers. The solution some farmers have decided to come up with this season? Simply, keeping their supply local while it lasts, foregoing, the price of shipping and storing peaches. This means the supply of peaches may seem normal at the start of the summer, locally speaking. However, these Southern Peaches won’t be missed too terribly in northern states as their peaches are on track to have a great season.