Because of a mild early winter, it was touch-and-go for Texas fruit crops for a while, but everything now looks just peachy, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “We’re very optimistic right now,” said Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension horticulturist in Uvalde. Fruit trees require cold weather to grow, flower and develop properly, Stein explained. Hood County’s normal last freeze is around mid-March. “What could get us is if peaches bloom and start setting fruit and we have a late March or early April freeze,” County Agent Marty Vahlenkamp said.