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Peach crop wiped out by harsh winter

Published: August 25, 2014 2:29 PM

Toledo — Ohio-grown peaches are in short supply around the state.

This year’s harsh winter devastated Ohio’s peach crop.

The president of the Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association says the peach crop is a disaster this year. Bill Dodd says all but a few fruit farms along the Ohio River were wiped.

Many of the Ohio farm markets are now relying on growers in South Carolina and Georgia to replenish their peach supply.

Ohio isn’t a big peach producing state. Most of those grown in the state are sold directly to consumers.

What makes them tough to grow in the Midwest is that the trees have short lifespans and don’t do well in sub-zero temperatures.

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