Peach, strawberry crops dodge weekend cold spell

CLEMSON, S.C. — Upstate South Carolina peaches and strawberries are on track for a large crop this year despite recent wintry conditions.

Clemson University Upstate Commercial Fruit & Vegetable Agent Andy Rollins tells the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg that temperatures at night dropped down to 29 or 30 degrees Saturday night to Sunday morning, but did not cause major damage to the fruits.

Rollins says ample rainfall and mild weather have been a boon for local growers — good news for local residents who are hoping to buy the fruits toward the latter part of May.

Rollins says any cases of peach losses that emerge in the coming weeks would be isolated. He says the strawberry harvest has already started and is also expected to be plentiful.