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Mild winter means earlier peaches for Illinois fruit farm

Saturday, May 26, 2012 | 3:54 p.m. CDT; updated 8:58 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 29, 2012

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — When it comes to southwestern Illinois orchards' peach crops this year, Chris Eckert and other growers have every reason to feel a bit warm and fuzzy.

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