We have good news for peach enthusiasts in the Hill Country, East Texas, and beyond: The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension reports that most Texas peach orchards survived the April 15 freeze without damage.
Larry Stein, AgriLife extension horticulturist for fruits, nuts, and vegetables at Uvalde, says most orchard managers prepared for the potential freeze by watering before the temperatures dropped.
Late freezes in 2013 damaged the state's peach crop, which was already stressed by the drought. Pecans were also mostly unharmed by last week's freeze, except for a few trees that were nipped back in low-lying areas.
Depending on the variety, peaches ripen from mid-May to early August.