Record low temperatures in Colorado damage peach crops

Potentially devastating freeze for Grand Valley orchards breaks record set in 1933.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kris Sanders reported a record low 19F (-7.2C)  Monday in Grand Junction, according to The Daily Sentinel. This was a full two degrees below the previous record set in 1933.

Other crops such as pears and cherries may also have been affected by the freeze.

Grower Bruce Talbott said there may not be enough crop this year to market outside of local consumers.

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5 thoughts on “Record low temperatures in Colorado damage peach crops”

  1. stuff the greenies get the smudgepots burning asap
    europes stonefruits are kablooey as well in a large area, so whoever does manage decent crops will have very good export prices

  2. Palisade peaches, as they are known in CO, are a world apart. Folks pay dearly for them in early to mid August, and some will devote their weekend to drive out from Denver to get a case or two direct. They are juicy, unlike the CA or GA peaches shipped in as miniature bowling balls that go bad before they ripen up.

    Its over 100F most July afternoons out there.

  3. How many times do their orchards have to freeze up before they switch to growing garlic, kale, and other cold-hardy plants?

    Maybe they will have a better market for such foods when the food shortages start. I’d rather eat peaches than kale, but I’d rather eat kale than starve.

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