4-23-18

I would estimate the 2018 crop at 60% at this time.  There are still some suspect peaches on the trees which may not stick.  Varieties which look the best are Julyprince, Blazeprince, Flameprince, Contender, Carolina Gold, and Autumnprince.  Apples look to be around 70%.  Check back later for more updates.

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3-10-18

There have been several cold mornings this week and on the morning of the ninth we saw temps in the low twenties.  The blooms which were still fairly tight persevered well, but the open blooms were mostly killed.  I think there is still a good crop left, but some varieties can’t tolerate much more loss.  The coming week calls for several freeze events before a warming trend develops.  We are not quite as advanced in bloom as we were last year when we went through a similar two week event of relentless freezes, so I’m optimistic we’ll come through with at least a half crop.  Check back later for more farm news.

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3-3-18

Blooms are further advanced than we would like at this time.  Some varieties are 50 percent open while some are still swollen but are holding back.  Colder weather next week will slow down the progress of the blooms, but we are still going to be two weeks ahead of normal.  We can stand high 20s for a short period of time in bloom stage so 26 would probably be the threshold temperature we would like to be above.  When we get past bloom anything below 30 degrees could mean severe damage to the crop.  We continue to prune the trees and apply weed control to the orchard floor.  Check back later for more farm news.

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2-2-18

We have finished pruning apple trees and are now pruning the older peach trees.  This has been a normal winter temperature wise and the south should have no worries about cold hours.  We will be planting about 600 new trees sometime in February.  We have also erected a fourth wind machine to help protect against spring freezes.  Optimism is high for 2018, so visit our site again soon for more farm news.

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6-13-17

We will be open by the 17th of June.  We will probably be picking Blazeprince and Fireprince.  The supply will probably be the best from June 25th through July 20th.  We hope to have blueberries, cucumbers, squash, and a few apples available initially.  We should have sweet corn and cantaloupes available by the 25th.  Check back later for more farm news.

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5-18-17

We are probably managing 35 percent of our orchard in order to get 15 percent of a crop.  There are many rows with a partial crop of peaches, but if we feel like there is a half bushel on the tree then we have decided to care for it.  Even if we break even on the tree, we know that we need every peach out there to supply the stand.  One block of trees looks real good and there are several varieties on this location including Contender, Cresthaven, Ruston Red, Carolina Gold, China Pearl, and Georgia Belle.  The apples have a normal crop with the exception of Arkansas Black which are very light.  Check back later for more farm news.

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3-24-17

The morning of the 17th took a toll on the peach crop.  We saw temps in the low twenties with very little wind.  At this time, I estimate there may be 30 percent of a crop left.  There are still three weeks left in which we can easily lose the rest, so we’ll wait until the fifteenth of April to give a more accurate estimate.  Check back then for more farm news.

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3-16-17

We have spent the last two weeks battling freezes.  Seven of the last thirteen days have had freezing temperatures.  Each freeze has cost us peaches, but we think there is still at least half a crop left.  However, tonight we will go once again into the mid-twenties and there is another month left in which the crop could be hurt.  Check back later for more farm news.

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3-10-17

The peaches received damage last week, but there is still a good crop remaining.  However, the weather forecast is for several mornings below freezing in the next few days.  We have had several warm days this week and the blooms have advanced to a more critical stage.  We can stand temps down to 28 for a short time, but mid twenties will probably wipe out the crop.  Check back later for more farm news.

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3-1-17

The first freeze threat for this year’s peach crop will be on the morning of the 4th.  Forecasts predict possible mid-twenties and calm winds.  We are close to full bloom, which is of course more typical for mid to late March.  We have added a third wind machine this year, so hopefully it will provide some added protection.  However, this only helps a few degrees.  No method of freeze protection is foolproof.  We are almost finished pruning and most of the fertilizer has been applied.  So now it is wait and see, with a long time until April 15th, which means the freezes are usually over.  Check back later for more peach news.

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