Some fruit trees in the mountains are already
blooming. Growers are worried about
losing their crop or a big part of it in freezing temperatures.
Taylor runs KT’s Orchard and Apiary in Canton.
He says 27 degrees for 3 hours or more will kill his blooms. Trees could still produce peaches but not as
many. Last year a hard freeze wiped out about 90 percent his peach crop. So he’s watching the forecast carefully and hoping he
won't get hit too hard with freezing temperatures over Friday and Saturday
nights. He also says he’ll spray the trees to try and protect them.
“When that bloom
freezes bacteria sets in to kill it. And we will put an organic compound, which
is copper on them. And it will try to
preserve the bloom,” says Taylor.
Taylor says if it snows, it will actually help a little
by insulating the bloom at about 32 degrees.
wife keeps bees that produce honey. Kathy Taylor says temperatures in the low
20's could kill most of their peach blooms, and also weeds and buds on trees,
forcing her bees to travel farther from their hive.
get devastating low temperatures they won't cluster. So the bees die trying to
protect those larvae, that brood.”
says the end result is less honey.
Apple trees are not as far along as these peach
trees. So apple growers are not as
worried as they would be if this freeze was two or three weeks from now.
this stage of growth…on most of the varieties...it'll have to get below 20
degrees to do any significant damage,” says Benny Arrington of Barber Orchards.
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