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Peach trees wiped out in North Carolina?
 

11 Nov 07 - Here are a few more comments from a reader about the NC growing season that I wrote about yesterday (see below).

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The April frost ended the vast majority of fruit growing in NC this year. Peaches, strawberries, whatever. All gone. The family and I just today drove up to South Mountain State Park for a hike to see the leaves (spectacular this year due to the drought) and we passed several peach orchards on the way. Between the late frost and drought, I don’t know if those orchards will ever produce again from those trees. They looked burned. Very sad. I love fresh peaches, so I guess we'll have to get ours from South Carolina and Georgia now.

You'd think the late last frost might be offset by a late first frost, but no. In my area the average 1st frost is Nov 5th. The first one this year was Nov 7th.

Thanks to Matt Nicholson for this info

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North Carolina Growing Season 
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New York Times Friday, Nov 9, 2007, page A22

"Temperatures fell to freezing or below early yesterday in most of

North Carolina and ended the growing season there. At the coastal

city of Wilmington it was the third shortest growing season since

records began. Wilmington’s freeze-free period covers 243 days

from March 19 to Nov 18. Following an exceptionally late freeze

this year on April 10, the growing season was only 211 days, more

than 1 month shorter than usual."

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Thanks to Don Vodopich, Atlanta Georgia, for this information

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            As I said in "Not by Fire but by Ice" - and keep on 
            saying whenever someone will listen - I fear that we'll 
            be fighting in the streets for food long before we're 
            covered by ice.

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