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Sunday February 14th, 2016 7:48AM

Ga. Peach growers keeping close eye on crop

By Alyson Shields Reporter
LULA - Cold weather, including overnight freezes in north Georgia this week, has the potential to damage the peach crop, but at least one farm in our area seems to be doing fine.

Drew Echols with Jaemor Farms in Lula said the windy night Tuesday actually did their peaches a favor.

"When those winds tapered off, we ran our wind machines and picked up a couple of degrees. Our crops this (Wednesday) morning looked pretty darn good."

Echols said the temperatures were supposed to be a bit warmer Thursday morning, but there's no strong wind in the forecast.

Echols said despite a few dead peaches, the 70-acre Lula-area crop was still holding strong.

Echols said peaches in South Georgia are facing a harder time. He spoke with another farmer in Fort Valley Wednesday.

"There's a little bit of damage, and the reason that they have some damage is because those peaches are already out of the shucks, what we call the shuck. It's basically just a little naked peach sitting there," Echols said.

As far as the peaches at Jaemor, they still have some shucks and flowers, giving them more protection, according to Echols, but he still hopes for warmer overnights soon.
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