Peach problems thanks to bitter winter


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)  Even though winter was over months ago we’re still seeing the effects of the cold temperatures. Area fruit farms are feeling the pinch and are raising prices.

There are plenty of peaches on the shelf at Monnin’s fruit farm but they’re not from the farm or from Ohio. Normally all the four hundred trees would have peaches on them but this year they’re all bare. All thanks to the bitter cold temperatures this winter.

Glenn Monnin, Monnin’s Fruit Farm, “Back in January when it got down to 15 below zero that’s when we lost some of our crops. We lost the peach crop, plum crop, cherry crop and some of the apples.”

Not only did the fruit not make it, some of the trees died as a result. The rough winter can be seen in others as they try to hang on for another season.

Monnin had to resort to purchasing peaches from other states like Georgia, North Carolina and Washington DC. Demand is high and supply is low meaning a price adjustment.

“Prices went up ten dollars a half bushel so we had to raise our prices too,” Monnin explained.

Even though the trees are not producing fruit they still need to be trimmed and fertilized. A tough task to spend money when you’re not making any.

Signs of next years crop are already on the trees. You can see a lot of buds on these branches. Monnin hopes this is a good sign and that the weather cooperates.

“I am nervous the peach crop means a lot of money to us. In this business you’re not making that much money to begin with so we rely on this,” Monnin said.

There’s either a sweet or sour profit and Monnin is depending on the weather to give him a good year.

Monnin said he did get one peach out of the four hundred trees.  He said he gave it to his mother.

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