Calhoun Peaches are known as some of the best the state has to offer, but the recent harsh winter may have put the crop in jeopardy this year. Many orchard owners have said they don’t expect to have any crop, or a small one if they do, so farm industry experts are predicting prices to be up this year.
So how do growers know there are problems this early in the growing season? Brenda Bizillion, manager of the Calhoun County Farm Bureau, says there’s a simple test.
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Bizillion says peaches bring in tourists from around the Midwest just to buy their peaches. Most of those peach tourists come from Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa.
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