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      Looking peachy after a cold winter

      One particular Georgia crop, peaches, has flourished with the cool temperatures. / Kerri Copello


      Temperatures across the state hovered near or below freezing for many nights throughout the beginning of the year.

      One particular Georgia crop, peaches, has flourished with the cool temperatures.

      Mark Daniel, owner of Mark's Melon Patch says that peaches need anywhere between 100 and a 1,000 chill hours to overcome dormancy and start the flowering process.

      Chill hours refer to the how much cold weather a peach tree needs to grow during the winter season.

      Sasser has seen about 1,113 chill hours this year compared to last year's 733 chill hours. Daniel adds, "we've had plenty of chill hours to take care of any of kind of peach requirements for any variety grown in the state of Georgia this year."

      Now that crops have started to bloom, farmers say that the peaches are more vulnerable to the cold. As long as the temperatures stay above freezing through the harvest, the peaches will be just fine.

      Peaches are the second most popular grown fruit in Georgia.

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