This variable weather that we’re having has not been kind to our peach crop.Peach producer in Musella, Georgia, Robert Dickey, who says freezing temperatures during March devastated the crops for this season.
The Big Picture: Georgia peaches are down in production this year due to varying weather events. According to Dickey, “The last bad freeze that we had really decimated the crop in the whole Southeast, especially Georgia.”
The University of Georgia Weather Network reports that the average daily maximum temperature at the UGA Horticulture Research Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia in February was 65 degrees Fahrenheit, about 4 degrees higher than the average in 2022 and 10 degrees higher than 2021. Specialty Crop Industry explains, “The warm temperatures helped trees mature sooner than expected, which made them more vulnerable to looming freeze events” which occurred later in March.
Though most of the crops have been destroyed due to the weather, Dickey says there still may some Georgia peaches in June or July.
by Jenna Lee,