Cool temperatures delay peach harvest

Published 12:33 pm Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Those waiting for fresh Chilton County peaches will have to wait just a bit longer.

According to Auburn University’s Chilton Research and Extension Center director Jim Pitts, an unusually cool spring has resulted in a delay for fresh produce in the county.

“Unfortunately, we are about two weeks late with the produce being ready,” Pitts said. “It has been a lot colder from mid-February to mid-March this year resulting in the delay.”

Pitts said the first peaches for the season should be ready in mid to late May which is later than the 2012 season which had peaches harvested toward the first part of May.

“Last year we were about two weeks early with our peach crops and this year we are two weeks late,” Pitts said.

Pitts said in addition to peaches, strawberries are also seeing a delay compared to last year’s strawberry crop that had strawberries in late March.

“Just like anything else, waiting a little bit longer makes everything taste that much better,” Pitts said. “We have just had a lot of colder temperatures with drizzly rain that has made everything about 10 days behind.”