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Cold weather wipes out local peach crop, prices likely to rise

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Branstool Orchards owner Marshall Branstool stands behind the one peach tree in his whole orchard that has living buds. The freeze from this year's winter destroyed this year's peach crop. Branstool Orchards owner Marshall Branstool stands behind the one peach tree in his whole orchard that has living buds. The freeze from this year's winter destroyed this year's peach crop.
The harsh winter could mean much higher prices for fruit. The sub-zero temperatures have damaged many fruit trees in our area.

Richard Eshleman owner of  the Eshleman Fruit Farm in Clyde said, "This is the worst winner I've ever seen."

Eshlemen has around 40 acres of peach trees on his farm and he says his crop was hit hard. "It killed all the peach buds, all of the cherry buds and all the plums. The peach trees are most severely damaged."

Eshleman says peach trees normally live anywhere from 10 to 20 years, but the harsh winter damaged his three-year-old trees and they will likely need to be uprooted.

Eshleman expects that the Ohio peach crop is a total loss, but says peaches may have survived in nearby states, but that the scarcity of the crop will likely drive up prices. On the bright side, he says it looks like the apple crop will make it this year and that could be his farm's saving grace.

Other area farms also report heavy peach losses. They may see some financial relief from crop insurance.
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