The weather has been kind to peach growers in the Tarheel State this year, according to reports from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
"Because of warm weather and ample rains, peach growers are looking forward to a banner year," says Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. "Peach lovers can find many varieties of peaches this time of year at farmers markets, roadside stands and grocery stores."
According to the June Monthly Farm Report from the N.C. Agricultural Statistics Service, widespread May rainfall led to the state being totally drought free for the first time in over two years. Heading into June 92% of the soil in the state was rated to be adequate or to have surplus moisture.
Additionally, warm weather during the latter part of June helped spur crop growth.
"The timing of the warm weather has been almost ideal," says Kevin Hardison, marketing specialist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture. "The heat is helping concentrate the sugar in the peaches, likely making for extra-sweet fruit."
The peach season in North Carolina runs from the end of May through September.
For more information, particularly about upcoming peach season events across the state, visit www.ncagr.gov/paffairs/release/2009/peachseason.htm.