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Winter's sub-zero temps hurt Ohio peach crop

UTICA, Ohio (AP) - Sub-zero temperatures during winter have badly hurt Ohio's peach crop.

The Columbus Dispatch reports peach trees that normally would be blooming are showing no signs of that at many Ohio orchards.

The president of the Ohio Fruit Growers Marketing Association says peach farmers brought sample buds to a February meeting, and each one was dead.

Orchard owner Marshall Branstool blames winter weather that swung temperatures from above freezing to below zero within days. He says the buds on his 5,000-plus peach trees at Branstool Orchards in Utica started to come in and turned black instead of green.

He's considering trying to buy peaches from a grower in Pennsylvania if they're available. That's no sure thing. Pennsylvania is among several other states whose peach crops were harmed by the cold.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,

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