The late spring freeze of 2020 has potentially damaged around 95% of Palisade peaches on Colorado’s Western Slope. On April 14th the low temperature in the area reached 19 degrees Fahrenheit, while 90% of peach crops is proven to die at 21 degrees.
This is a devastating blow to the state’s economy since the local peach industry brings almost $40 million into its coffers every year, reports FOX. On April 24th Gov. Jared Polis and state Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg requested a disaster declaration from The United States Department of Agriculture.
The request reads: “Colorado’s iconic and delicious Palisade peaches could be devastated by this early freeze and fruit producers on the Western Slope need support. Coloradans always look forward to getting Palisade peaches that help support our economy, growers, and small businesses.”
“We urge the federal government to assist Colorado’s agriculture community during this challenging time.”
“A disaster declaration is necessary to access critical programs and assistance needed by our producers.” (sic)