Positive Early Outlook for South Carolina Peach Crop
February 22, 2016; COLUMBIA, S.C.-South Carolina peach farmers
are looking forward to an excellent peach crop in 2016 in spite of
the challenges they faced last year. Favorable growing conditions
have given growers a positive outlook for a fruitful crop of
everyone's favorite summertime treat.
After delays from heavy rains in the fall, growers immediately
began working on the upcoming season. Planting new trees,
installing irrigation lines, and pruning established orchards keep
South Carolina growers busy year round. Countless hours of hard
work are required in the fall and winter to set up ideal conditions
for the spring and summer.
"We are off to a good start for the 2016 peach crop," said Matt
Forrest, President of the SC Peach Council and co-owner of Dixie
Belle Peaches. "After a late start to winter, we now expect to
accumulate more than enough of the necessary chill hours and are
anticipating a normal bloom date in a few weeks."
With an unusually warm fall, growers have been monitoring
weather stations daily. Peach trees require between 600 - 1000
chill hours, depending on variety, to overcome dormancy. Farmers
choose plant varieties that coincide with their location based on
these figures to ensure the highest quality fruit. As the weather
has finally turned cool, these hours below 45°F are steadily
accumulating and South Carolina peach farmers feel confident that
these requirements will be met.
"Although we had a late start to our winter season, once the
cold temperatures arrived, we have been in an excellent position to
accumulate chill hours with very consistent temperatures and highs
in the 50s and lows in the 30s," said Chalmers Carr, president of
Titan Farms. "We are well-beyond the minimum chill hours necessary
and look forward to a great spring leading into an even better
With a firm foundation already laid for the 2016 peach season,
South Carolina farmers are anticipating a successful season. As the
top peach producing state on the East Coast, and second in the
nation only to California, South Carolina represents a large
percentage of the nation's peach crop. Customers from across North
America are expecting quality South Carolina peaches to put on
their tables. South Carolina farmers are excited to again provide
them with the tastiest peaches in the country.
For more information about South Carolina peaches visit www.SCPeach.org. For more
information about Titan Farms, visit www.titanfarms.com.