Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
AIKEN, SC (WRDW) -- Labor Day marks the unofficial end of Summer and as such, also signifies the end of peach season.
February saw rough times for farmers in the area known as "the Ridge."
First, an ice storm in February took out many of the peach trees that the farmers hold most dear. Then, a hard freeze in earlier March killed the crop that had already begun to bloom.
At the time, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture predicted an $87 million loss in revenue for the more than $300 million industry, one of the state's largest.
As peach season comes to a close this first week of September, new numbers are being released that show the peach crop did not suffer as badly as it could have with around an $80 million loss. However, some of that loss could be recouped over the next several weeks as a set of late blooming crops has come in. Giving many farmers an extra two weeks to sale and ship their product.