Peach Farmer Watches as Cold Snap Ruins Crop

More frigid weather is heading across the country, but for some farmers in states from Missouri to Kentucky to Georgia, the crop damage is already done.

Nearly all of South Carolina's peach crop was destroyed by freezing temperatures last weekend. Conditions are about the same for peaches and apples in Kentucky. Pecans and blueberries also suffered.

Robert Chapman, a farmer in Zebulon, Ga., says he has been hit hard by the abnormally cold temperatures. Chapman tells Melissa Block that he has lost all his crops: peaches, pears, plums, blueberries and pecans.

A 25-degree freeze on Easter Sunday blackened the insides of Chapman's peach crop, which provides most of his income.

While Chapman's bushes and trees will still bear fruit next year, he says he may have to find another job in the meantime. Farmers throughout the region report heavy crop losses and are bracing for another expected cold snap next week.

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