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You may not get as many Georgia peaches as you would have like thanks to Mother Nature and a warmer winter.

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office predicts a shortage in peach yield due to insufficient chill hours. Normally, peaches need a minimum of 500 to 800 chill hours, but the 2016-17 winter has come up roughly 300 chill hours short. The chill hours, which are defined as hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, are essential to the production of the crop.

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The shortage means many crops have been unable to break dormancy and transition from a closed bud to a fruit. March is usually the bloom period, but the delays could push back the bloom dates to mid-April.

Many of the peaches that do meet production standards may be deformed looking, but will not have a different flavor.

The UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, reports that Georgia peaches brought in more than $48.9 million in 2015.

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