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Year looks good for Texas peach crop

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) _ Fans of Texas peaches have reason to rejoice.
Experts say the 2010 harvest could mean a bumper crop.
Gary Hutton of Hutton Farms, the largest peach producer in Parker County, says it’s been 2006 since his crop was this good.
The former banker says peaches should be plentiful for the July
10 Parker County Peach Festival in Weatherford, about 30 miles west of Fort Worth. His family has operated orchards for 30 years.
Jim Kamas is a fruit specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Gillespie County, where about 40 percent of the Texas peach crop is produced.
Kamas says “it’s going to be a banner year” for peaches. The Texas A&M assistant professor says the weather cooperated in 2010, after several years of late spring frosts, flooding and even drought.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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