Virgil Shipley/News These apple trees at Glenn Hill Orchard on Friday had a brief respite from the snow, but not the cold. This year’s peach crop has been ruined by the frigid weather, but apples should survive. Buy Now
MOUNT VERNON — This winter’s frigid temperatures have wreaked havoc on next summer’s peach crop, but apples, raspberries and strawberries could survive the arctic air.
“There’s nothing a grower can do to protect trees from the bitter cold,” said Bill Dodd, president of the Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association. “Peaches sustain bud damage as temperatures approach minus 10 degrees. The more days and nights of these temperatures, the more damage.”
Both Branstool Orchards and Legend Hills Orchard told the News they will not have a peach crop this summer, unfortunately. Tessa Radabaugh of Branstool Orchards said they are always worried about the bud inside the flower that hasn’t bloomed yet in the winter.
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