Drought, freeze, hail pummel Central Texas peaches

May 20, 2013 10:15:01 AM PDT
A combination of weather events have Central Texas peach farmers expecting a meager crop once again this season, after several years of little yield due to whimsical weather.

The Austin American-Statesman reports about 90 percent of the Gillespie County peach crops have been wiped out by a warmer-than-normal winter, two late freezes and a hailstorm that pummeled the few peaches that remained on the trees.

About 40 percent of the state's peaches come from Gillespie County where average yield has dropped from about 200 bushels per acre in good seasons to about a third of that in more recent years.

Smaller yields from peach trees have forced farmers to spend more money to protect them from the weather and also find other crops to diversify their sources of income.

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