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Peach, pecan trees suffer from ice

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - North Arkansas fruit producers are cleaning up and assessing damage from the recent ice storm. The damage reflects the second hit from the weather they've had in three years.

In 2007, fruit crops in the state's northwest were largely wiped out by a hard freeze in April. Peaches, grapes, berries and other crops were devastated.

This year's ice storm sheared branches from peach and pecan trees, but grape vines and blueberry bushes fared well because they were still dormant and able to tolerate the temperatures.

Peach trees that were pruned escaped damage, though many growers hadn't completed the process.

Pecan growers say they will feel the effects for at least a year or two. The ice wrenched branches from many pecan trees.

Ornamental shade trees also sustained damage.

Scott Hartwell of Al Williams & Son Nursery Inc. near Piggott said he'll be calling some of his customers. Hartwell said some trees that were ready to be dug, wrapped and shipped had broken or bent from the ice. Some ornamentals take up to seven years to grow to market size.      

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,             


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