Cold damages apples in western North Carolina

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HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — Agriculture officials said this week’s cold snap has damaged the apple crop in the western North Carolina mountains.

County extension agent Marvin Owens says he saw damage Thursday, and more cold weather occurred Friday morning.

A freeze watch was in effect in western North Carolina for Friday morning, Temperatures hovered around the freezing mark or just below freezing at 6 a.m.

Owings said it will take a few days to determine how much damage has occurred.

He said temperatures below 29 degrees can damage the crops.

Apple trees had bloomed about two weeks early because of the mild winter.

Henderson County grower Kenny Barnwell said frost had ravaged his 10 acres of peach trees, and his apple crop also was affected.

Credit: The Associated Press.