Tuesday, March 25, 2008

What's Left

We have been in the orchards most of the day. Our county agent and another one (from Morgan county) has been with my Daddy and brother as well as my Dad's cousin and his son most of it.

We got hit about as hard as expected. The farm we live on was hit quite hard. It hit 25.2 degrees around 1 am and stayed below freezing for about 8 hours.
We lost: 100% of the plums, 90% of the nectarines. It is hard to tell about the pears. we will have to wait a day or so and cut blooms then to see if the pollen is dead.

The same for our lower farm. it hit 26 degrees there about 1:30am. It also stayed below freezing for around 7 hours.
We lost: 100% of plums, 90 % nectarines and 30% of peaches. Now there are about 25 or so varieties of peaches. Two varieties were a complete 100% loss. The rest will not need all of the thinning typically done.

If we have another hard freeze we could loose the rest of the peaches. We have seen late freezes as late as April 15th.

So, that's it in a nutshell. We are just thankful that we are not looking at the site we saw last year. It was a 100 % loss on everything last year and a 70% loss on apples.

Thank you Lord, praise your name! Blessings!!!!!


Nico said...

My goodness, I'm so sorry that the weather was so bad. I hope that the pears made it through the freeze. Praying for you all!

Mimi said...

I'm sorry that you got hit with another freeze this year. I'm sending prayers your way.

mykidsmom said...

I'm sorry about the losses; is this years weather (in your area) untypical? Just wondering since it hit you so hard last year also.

Mrs. Darling said...

I somehow missed this post earlier. Oh my word it sounds so terruble. Its just like you though to find good in it! Im so sorry for the crop loss. Youre attitude is wonderful though.