By: AP
By: AP

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) -- Middle Georgia peach growers have begun harvesting their crops a little earlier than usual.

State Rep. Robert Dickey Jr., owner of Dickey Farms, says the harvest began last weekend. He says it's among the earliest peach harvests ever for the region.

Growers credit extended chill time followed by a fast bloom for the early crop.

Middle Georgia's peach growers also avoided major environmental threats. There were no late freezes, and the severe weather that swept through portions of the South largely missed the groves in Peach and Crawford counties.

Duke Lane, president of Lane Southern Orchards, says relatively dry weather this spring has led to a sweeter, if somewhat smaller, peach than usual.

Growers expressed concern over continued dry weather, which could affect varieties that ripen later in the season.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Barbara Location: Florida on May 12, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    There is nothing that can compare to a ripe Georgia peach. They are so sweet and juicy. My dad use to go buy them by the truck loads and us children would eat them till we were sticky all over and rather sick. But they were soooo good. This has been about 45 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday.Just tasting one of those peaches from Georgia brings back such happy memories.
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