Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cold Snap Kills Efforts of State Peach Growers

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cold Snap Kills Efforts of State Peach Growers

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TULSA (AP) _ Peach growers picking early varieties from their crops are finding thousands of trees either killed or fruitless because of a cold snap in November that dropped temperatures from the 70s to the teens.

"We had 23 acres _ 2,300 trees, which cost $450 an acre to put in _ and this year we didn't get a peach," said Oba Reasor, who has an orchard near Porter. "We'll bulldoze the complete orchard."

Growers usually worry about late spring freezes that can reduce the size of their crops.

But because of the sudden November freeze and the usual spring freezes, officials project this year's peach crop to be 5.3 million pounds, 83 percent lower than last year's crop but not as bad as the 4-million pound crop in 1987.

Michael Smith, a research horticulturist at Oklahoma State University, said the November freeze wiped out peach trees from northeastern Oklahoma to as far west as Oklahoma City.

Some trees at the university's fruit research station in Perkins were severely damaged or completely killed, Smith said. …

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