Peach growers see mixed markets for 2017 harvest

July 11, 2017

As the 2017 peach harvest accelerates, California farmers who grow fruit for the fresh market enjoy greater demand and higher prices due to production problems in other states, whereas some farmers who grow peaches for processing say they now regret their decision to plant new orchards after signing long-term contracts offered by canneries several years ago.


On the fresh market, a spring freeze in the nation's Southeastern growing region caused crop losses of about 75 percent, which Ian LeMay of the California Fresh Fruit Association said created "a large void in the domestic market."


"We've definitely seen healthy demand for all categories of stonefruit, specifically peaches, this season," he said.



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