Peach harvest down from past years
Brussels, IL – The peach harvest in Missouri and Illinois is down this year.
The National Peach Council says that in Illinois, growers will harvest about 13 million pounds this year. That compares with about 21 pounds of peaches last year.
Things are worse in Missouri, where orchards are expected to produce three million pounds of peaches - roughly a third of their output last year.
The council says blame it on the weather, which has ranged from excessively wet in some places to hail and lower temperatures in others.
Peach growers have few issues with the dry, hot, sunny weather that has baked the area this summer. They say such conditions help peach trees produce sweeter and juicier fruit.