Commercial Harvesting, Grading, and Marketing of Peaches in South Carolina
COMMERCIAL IMPORTANCE OF THE PEACH CROP IN SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolina as yet can not be rated as a “heavy shipper” of peaches. However, there are one or two sections in the state, which have been shipping peaches to the Northern markets for several years. The success which these pioneer growers have attained, linked with the encouraging results accomplished with this crop by our sister states, Georgia and North Carolina, has resulted in an unusually large increase in acre age during the past few years. This recent development has not been confined to any one particular section of the state, but includes the Piedmont Region, Sand Hill Region, and part of the Coastal Region. According to statistics compiled by the Horticultural Division of Clemson College, South Carolina previous to 1920 had commercial orchards totaling approximately 95,000 bearing peach trees. Since 1920 the acreage has increased to approximately 600,000 trees, which demonstrates that this industry is coming rapidly to the front in this state. New commercial orchards are being planted every year. Many young orchards will come into bearing in 1924 for the first time, and the next few years will see a decided increase in the movement of peaches from this state. Being a “highly perishable” and expensive crop, it is of vital importance that the greatest care be exercised in the harvesting and marketing operations. Proper care at harvest time may mean the difference between profit and loss.