Long, cold winter did major damage to Hermann peach crop
By Don Kruse, Editor
The effects of a long, cold winter will continue to show up this summer when local folks are hungry for juicy Hermann peaches. It’s going to be a much shorter buying season.
Larry Bock and partner Tim Wright of Buckridge Peaches have had some good years, but this one is going the other way.
Bock said last week that they have only 30 trees out of 400 that will produce anything at all.
“There are not going to be very many peaches this year,” said Bock, who added the late frost in April wasn’t the culprit. “It was just the prolonged, cold winter.”
He said once the peaches are all off a tree, that tree starts the process of developing the next year’s crop.
In most years, because of the high elevation of the Buckridge Peach orchard off Coles Creek Road southwest of Hermann (955 feet above sea level), the peaches can survive a cold spell.
This year the tree buds were destroyed by the cold.
(Read the rest of the story in this week’s Advertiser-Courier)