Georgia's blueberries suffer in last week's freeze
ATLANTA, Ga. - Georgia's blueberry crop has been hit hard following last week's freeze.
According to Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black, early estimates suggest south Georgia's blueberry crop could see losses approach 80% of expected production.
“This is the tornado or hurricane of many of our growers lives,” Commissioner Black said. “We saw blueberry fields that had the potential to be the biggest and best crop of Georgia’s production history that you would now not be able to find enough blueberries that survived the cold to make one pie."
The mild winter and early spring the Southeast has experienced this year has compounded the damage as much of the produce crop is ahead of the state’s average blooming dates by a couple of weeks.
According to a release from Georgia's Department of Agriculture, Georgia was poised to be the largest blueberry producing state for 2017.
Other crops affected by the freeze include peaches, strawberries, watermelons, peppers and other tabletop vegetables. The peach crop could be down as much as two thirds.