Peach farmers anticipate rainfall to help irrigation, not harm crops

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PALISADE, Colo. (KFQX) – According to peach farmers in Palisade, clean fruit is better grown in dry climate. Too much rain brings complications to the peaches.

“It sets this up for coryneum blight and powdery mildew, however, it takes some time,” Talbott Farms Orchard Manager Bruce Talbott describes, “Also peach skin discoloration called peach inking can set that off, so we may have some pigment problems.”

While water is not the flavor factor for peaches, it is essential for irrigation. Tree fruit could not grow well in Western Colorado depending on rainfall from Mother Nature.

With rain and shine, farmers at the Valley Fruit Stand have a system to keep the majority of their crop plump.

“We go ahead and we water 21 days of water,” Herman’s Produce & Valley Fruit Stand Owner Renee Herman shares, “Peaches like a drink of water so it does help everything else when it rains but, as far as our peaches, we make sure they get enough water and our water comes from Grand Mesa.”

The anticipated rainfall to come is something to celebrate, especially for the Palisade Peach Festival

“The fruit is being picked and everything looks very good,” Charles Talbott reflects, “I’m not overly concerned that the water will bring too much damage that I won’t be able to have peaches at Peach Fest.”

Worrying about fruit getting overwatered relies on water getting back in irrigation. People can rest assured because there are plenty of peaches to go around this year.

The prime season for peaches ripening usually start around July and go into September. Talbott Farms and Herman’s Produce are happy to say that a majority of its crops are ready to eat.

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