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!!!!!