- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - Peach lovers may have to wait a while this year. Growers say a late March freeze caused major damage in the Aiken area and the fruit might be scarce until July.

The Aiken Standard reported (http://bit.ly/1ePYFRI ) that early peach varieties in Aiken, Edgefield and Saluda counties were struck while the trees were in full or just past full bloom.

J.W. “Sonny” Younce said early peaches are 40 percent of the crop on his 4,000 acres. He predicts they’ll bounce back by July, but the freeze will cost his operation millions of dollars.

South Carolina Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture Martin Eubanks says peaches in the northern part of the state will not ripen until June. Eubanks says some of the crop in other parts of the state may be available then.

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Information from: Aiken Standard, http://www.aikenstandard.com