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Nearly 80% of Georgia's peach crop wiped out

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Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday that nearly 80 percent of that state's peach crop has been wiped out this year.

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He says an overly warm winter and hard freeze in the early spring caused the loss in crops.

Black says the lack of peaches could lead to a shorter season because farmers will not spend the money to ship their products out of the state.

Initially, some peach growers in Georgia expected to salvage about 70 percent of the crop.

The loss of peaches combined with a loss of blueberry crops this year could mean a $300 million hit to farmers.

The peach crop issue has been worse in neighboring South Carolina, where Black says he’s told more than 85 percent of the crop was lost.

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