3-11-19

We escaped the freezing temps of last week with minor damage.  The blooms were in a stage which they could stand temps in the mid twenties.  We are still pruning peach trees and probably will be for the rest of March.  The fertilize has been applied along with a bloom spray for rots on the peach trees.  I’m sure there will be more cold weather to deal with.  Check back later for more farm news.

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2-5-19

This week we have temps in the 70s, which is too warm.  The forecast is for more normal temps next week, however some varieties will swell this week.  If warm temps continue we may have blooms in February for the third straight year.  We still have a month of pruning left, but have finished the dormant oil spray and almost completed winter herbicides.  Check back later for more farm news.

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1-8-19

The fields are still wet but manageable so far.  We have finished pruning apples and are now pruning older peach trees.  On calm days we are applying herbicides to control weeds and grass.  Soon we will be planting new trees and fertilization on all trees will begin in February.  Check back later for more farm news.

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12-13-18

This has been a very wet fall, but the temperatures have been normal.  We hope to continue to have normal winter temperatures and no extreme warm weather until March.  The last two years we have seen peaches bloom in late February due to higher than normal winter temps.  We have prepared land to plant some peach trees in February.  We pushed up several acres of trees this fall that had aged to the point of poor production.  Check back later for more farm news.

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8-15-18

The peach crop is still strong with lots of nice peaches.  The weather is beginning to dry out, which we need to continue.  I anticipate the peach season to go into mid September if we stay moderately dry.  We are finishing up Gala apples and fall apples will be ready soon.  The Golden Delicious crop is awful, but most varieties look fine.  Apples hate wet weather more than peaches.  Check back later for more farm news.

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7-28-18

We are in the middle of many good peach varieties at this time.  We will continue throughout August with good peaches, but the later peaches are not as juicy.  However, a drier peach holds longer.  We are beginning to pick Gala apples, so those who are tiring of peaches we now offer a sweet alternative.  Peaches could use some dry weather because we have been battling several issues with drops and isolated rots on some varieties.  Check back later for more peach news.

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6-17-18

We are still picking clingstone peaches at this time.  There will be some Harvester variety peaches by the 25th.  They are freestone, but the crop is light.  Blazeprince and Red Haven will also be ripening soon, but both are semi-freestone.  For those who are wanting freestone peaches for any purpose, I would suggest anytime in July.  Check back for more updates.

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6-2-18

We are picking Derby and Desiree at this time.  You can visit the Raleigh Farmers Market and purchase our peaches at Michele’s Fresh Fruit.  Our stand at Eagle Springs will probably open around the 15th of June.  Check back for a definite date.  It still looks like about 65% of a crop, but it is better than the last 2 years.  Check back later for more farm news.

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4-23-18

I would estimate the 2018 crop at 60% at this time.  There are still some suspect peaches on the trees which may not stick.  Varieties which look the best are Julyprince, Blazeprince, Flameprince, Contender, Carolina Gold, and Autumnprince.  Apples look to be around 70%.  Check back later for more updates.

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3-10-18

There have been several cold mornings this week and on the morning of the ninth we saw temps in the low twenties.  The blooms which were still fairly tight persevered well, but the open blooms were mostly killed.  I think there is still a good crop left, but some varieties can’t tolerate much more loss.  The coming week calls for several freeze events before a warming trend develops.  We are not quite as advanced in bloom as we were last year when we went through a similar two week event of relentless freezes, so I’m optimistic we’ll come through with at least a half crop.  Check back later for more farm news.

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