Officials: Freeze means $27M in SC peach losses

Officials: Freeze means $27M in SC peach losses

JOHNSTON, S.C. (AP) - Officials say a late March freeze that killed roughly 30 percent of this year's South Carolina peach crop will cause statewide losses of at least $27 million.

State Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers talked about the state's losses during a Monday stop at the headquarters of the J.W. Yonce & Sons peach-growing operation.

Gov. Nikki Haley also visited the Johnston orchards to see the damage from the freeze that hurt early-ripening peaches.

Larry Yonce says the freeze wiped out about 40 percent of his family's 2014 peach crop. The family has insurance, and Yonce says they'll have peaches by the end of June.

Agriculture officials say revenue for South Carolina's peach industry was $49 million last year. South Carolina's peach production ranks No. 2 in the nation, behind California.

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