freeze damage- don't give up
I was just on the phone with Mike Fargione, a commercial fruit production adviser with Cornell, discussing the odds of a crop. He said the damage is not matching up with charts and flowers appear strong this year (dry weather?). While there's been some damage in the Hudson Valley, up to this point, he suggests that a normal crop is still out there- stone fruit and pomes. Still a long way to go, of course.
If I was to go by the charts, my crop should be history but cutting open peach blossoms I see no obvious damage although they were in full bloom with a freeze perhaps below 26F early Sat morning. This was the third or fourth such event in the last 2 weeks with temps much lower the first one.
I will not do fine pruning of my peaches until I feel we're actually out of the woods.
Generally I'm in a somewhat better location than most Hudson Valley growers and if Mike is not seeing devastation there I will remain optimistic here until blossoms or fruit tell me otherwise.