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Indiana Peach Crop Suffers From Harsh Winter

Peach trees suffer from extended periods of low temperatures.

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Harsh winter weather took a toll on Indiana's peach crop.

It’s peach season in Indiana, but it doesn’t look like too many Hoosiers are having luck with their crop, thanks to a very harsh winter.

Thomas Roney, who helps manage Tuttle Orchard, says there is a general rule regarding peach trees in the winter.

“The growers actually went out and started cutting fruit buds and they didn’t see anything alive,” Roney says. “Normally it’s every degree below 10 degrees, you lose 10 percent of the crop.”

Roney says he’s walked through several orchards where half the trees are a total loss.

Apples are a different story, though. Roney says apple trees are better adapted to cold weather, and he’s looking forward to a great crop this year.

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