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Nelson County Orchard Lost Quarter of Peach Harvest

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Peaches being harvested at Saunders Brothers' orchard Peaches being harvested at Saunders Brothers' orchard
Peaches being harvested at Saunders Brothers' orchard Peaches being harvested at Saunders Brothers' orchard
NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Peaches are ripe and ready for the picking in central Virginia, but one Nelson County orchard says it is only bearing 75 percent of its peaches this summer.

Saunders Brothers says peach season typically starts in mid-June, but not this year.

The orchard manager says the harsh frosts on April 6 and April 10 killed a quarter of his peaches. Saunders Brothers says, in total, it lost about 500,000 peaches.

"You don't have to go to Las Vegas to be a gambler. Just get in the fruit business, especially the peach business. When we have these early frosts and freezes and hail storms,” said Paul Saunders.

Saunders Brothers say roughly 1.5 million peaches survived the frosts. The orchard adds that early rains this year also helped the peaches.

Peach season runs from now through September.

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