New Jersey peaches survive hurricane

09/06/2011 04:30:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Despite the wind and rain generated by Hurricane Irene, New Jersey peach growers expect to ship peaches through about Sept. 21.

Much of the Garden State’s remaining peach crop survived the storm, according to a news release from the Clayton-based New Jersey Peach Promotion Council.

Irene blew some fruit off trees, but the damage was not as bad as expected, Jerry Frecon, extension officer at the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, said in the release.

About 75% of the New Jersey peach crop was harvested and sold before the storm.

Until the end of the deal, Jersey growers will ship both yellow-flesh and white-flesh peaches, according to the council.

New Jersey is the fourth-largest peach grower in the country. 



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