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Peach crop: Orchards expect harvest to begin any day now

Sunday, June 28, 2009

SIKESTON -- Despite bearing two inches of ice atop their branches in January, the trees in Mike Leible's peach orchard have bounced back, and the peach harvest will begin any day now.

Leible, co-owner of Dogwood Peach Orchard, said recently he is fielding questions from local residents about whether or not he would have peaches this summer after last winter's ice storm.

"They have no clue about what exactly happened to the orchard. I probably didn't lose but half a dozen trees, and those split like a banana," Leible said of the inquirers.

Other trees in the orchard just lost limbs, Leible said. Fortunately, the trees on his eight-acre orchard were in the dormant stage when the ice storm hit, he said of his orchard located off Interstate 57 north in Mississippi County.

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