Some N.C. Crops Devastated By The Cold

State officials don't expect a good damage assessment of the weekend freeze until Wednesday at the earliest, but apple and peach farmers already know it's going to be bad.

Ken Chappell grows 30 acres of peaches and ten acres of apples in Moore County. He says his crops are 100 percent killed.

The temperature dropped to 21 degrees Sunday morning and froze the sap of Chappell's delicate peach and apple buds, which rose early last month because of unseasonably warm weather.

In 2005, state agriculture department figures showed North Carolina ranked 14th nationally in peach production.

Apple growers also reported widespread losses in the state, especially in Henderson County -- one of the top producers in the Southeast.


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