Drought closes pick-your-own peaches at Eckert's

11:03 PM, Jul 13, 2012   |    comments
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Belleville, IL (KSDK) - Our drought is taking its toll on peaches. Eckert's has temporarily closed its pick-your-own peach orchard.

The lack of rain has the peaches behind schedule and growing smaller than normal.
And the recent hot weather is giving apples a sunburn.

Chris Eckert is the seventh generation to run Eckert's and he says this summer is going in the family record books for all the wrong reasons.

"Well we've been growing peaches in Illinois since the 1830's and this is the first time we've logged any kind of experience like this where you have an extended drought period but couple that with ten days over one hundred degrees it's never happened before," says Eckert. "We're trying to understand what's happening. We're trying to predict how these trees are going to respond to this kind of extreme weather."

The good news is that Eckert's expects they'll be able to re-open the pick-your-own orchard and they have plenty in the store. And the smaller peaches make for sweeter peaches.


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