Franklin County chilly climate crops doing great regardless of mellow winter : ‘It’s looking genuine acceptable’

Nearby peach cultivator says peaches have gotten enough ‘chill’ hours

“It’s looking real good,” Franklin County peach producer Mark Woods said of his yield Friday.

The peach trees at Woods Farm in Franklin County are tagging along pleasantly.

“We haven’t had any significant damage yet.,” Woods said.

All together for the peaches to grow appropriately, temperatures should be somewhere in the range of 32 and 45 degrees for 600 to 1,200 hours throughout the winter contingent upon the assortment of peach.

Woods said that is not in peril in spite of the gentle winter.

“We are going through and trimming. We are still trimming, but we’re not trimming as hard,” Woods clarified.

All things considered, the trees aren’t free at this time.

“There are some varieties that are showing a little more open than the other varieties, but there are still some that are closed. It would have to get really, really cold right now to hurt them,” said Woods.

Wheat is another harvest Woods said is being affected by the gentle winter.

“It’s actually growing more this winter, so hopefully (farmers) can crop it out better and then get the soybeans and get the corn planted in there,” Woods said.

Winter isn’t finished at this point, so the hopeful standpoint could change, however for the time being, Woods is certain their harvests will be simply peachy.

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