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Campbell, MO -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Peach Farmers Turn To Tomatoes

CAMPBELL, MO -- As the different harvest seasons come around, we are becoming more aware of the devestation left behind by the late spring freeze.  Peach crops around Region 8 have been destroyed by the freeze.

"Peaches can go down to 25 degrees but we had 20 to 30 mile an hour winds and it just freeze dried them on the trees," said Cody Bader of Bader Farms in Campbell, Missouri.

Bader said none of the peaches survived the freeze killing what would have been a profitable business.

"Every year we have so many people that come down from up north anywhere from St. Louis and up to Iowa who just come down to get a bushel or two.  I would hate for them to drive all this way and go home empty handed," said Bader.

They will have peaches but they'll be from California.

To make up for the loss of the peaches, the Bader Farm workers have planted other crops.

"We planted 15,000 tomato plants, about 20 acres of watermelons, about 10 acres of cantelopes, and about 26 acres of sweet corn," said Bader.

They should break even or make a little profit but it won't come close to replacing the profit that would have been gained from the peach crop.

  

"We could have had anywhere from a $2,500,000 to $3,000,000 crop.  The people we sell the peaches to then turn around and double it and you're looking at a $5,000,000 dollar effect on the economy," said Bader.

Other peach farms in Wynne and Lake City had a complete loss on their peach crops as well.  Bader said they will work this summer to get the trees good and ready for next season.

As the different harvest seasons come around, we are becoming more aware of the devestation left behind by the late spring freeze.  Peach crops around Region 8 have been destroyed by the freeze.

"Peaches can go down to 25 degrees but we had 20 to 30 mile an hour winds and it just freeze dried them on the trees," said Cody Bader of Bader Farms in Campbell, Missouri.

Bader said none of the peaches survived the freeze killing what would have been a profitable business.

"Every year we have so many people that come down from up north anywhere from St. Louis and up to Iowa who just come down to get a bushel or two.  I would hate for them to drive all this way and go home empty handed," said Bader.

They will have peaches but they'll be from California.

To make up for the loss of the peaches, the Bader Farm workers have planted other crops.

"We planted 15,000 tomato plants, about 20 acres of watermelons, about 10 acres of cantelopes, and about 26 acres of sweet corn," said Bader.

They should break even or make a little profit but it won't come close to replacing the profit that would have been gained from the peach crop.

  

"We could have had anywhere from a $2,500,000 to $3,000,000 crop.  The people we sell the peaches to then turn around and double it and you're looking at a $5,000,000 dollar effect on the economy," said Bader.

Other peach farms in Wynne and Lake City had a complete loss on their peach crops as well.  Bader said they will work this summer to get the trees good and ready for next season.

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