Plentiful peach crop expected in South Carolina this year

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — What could be a plentiful peach crop is shaping up in orchards across upstate South Carolina.

Growers and agriculture officials say that during the winter there was just enough cool weather to insure a good crop. There were no late-season cold snaps to damage fragile peach blossoms.

Clemson extension agent Andy Rollins said it's been warmer and wetter than usual in recent months in the state.

Rollins says during the winter peach trees need between 800 and 1,000 hours of temperatures below 45 degrees to grow a good crop. Many areas received just about 1,000 hours.

South Carolina produced about 70,000 tons of peaches last year, second in the nation only to California.