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IL peach crop benefits from hot weather

9:25 PM, Jul 7, 2012   |    comments
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Belleville, IL (KSDK) - The drought is ruining some crops for farmers, but it's making a sweet treat even sweeter in southern Illinois.

The peaches at Eckert's Farm are especially sweet this year because the trees haven't been able to give the fruit as much water as normal.  That means the fruit is slightly smaller but there's a higher concentration of natural sugars.

But the hot, dry weather could cause problems for apple season this fall.  The president of Eckert's says the apple season will probably arrive sooner than normal.  He also says the farm may have to use special sunblock spray on its fruit to protect the crop from the weather.

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