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Warm winter, late freeze hitting Georgia's fruit crop hard

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The state's most famous fruit crops are suffering much worse than previously anticipated after a warm winter and late March freeze.

Experts say up to 80 percent of south Georgia's blueberry and peach crop were affected and the state will take a big financial hit as a result.

The Georgia Agriculture Commission says the state is expected to lose about $300 million in 2017.

CBS46 talked with Al Pearson, owner of Pearson Farms in Crawford County and he says the farm had to make drastic changes, including cutting staff because of the short supply.

"Our season will be shorter because the biggest loss we had are in a peaches that ripen in July so we normally go through the 15th of August," said Pearson. "Now, we really will be out of business after the first week of July."

The short supply of peaches and blueberries could also affect your wallet with higher prices at local stores.

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