Rain to blame for slow strawberry growing season

May 11, 2017 06:22 AM

The cool, rainy spring season is having an impact on farmers, and could also have an impact on your summer plans. One local family tradition could be delayed a little bit, thanks to the weather.

"Hopefully we're going to get moving here," said George Moore, referring to the growing season. He is the farm manager at Gro-Moore Farms.

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Right now, there is a "closed for the season" sign up at the farm's strawberry U-Pick stand in Rush. That's not uncommon, of course, for May, and Moore says it will come down eventually. But when? It could be later than normal, which Moore says is early June. It's because of all of that spring rain, and not enough sun.

"I would say that it's probably as wet right now as I can remember this late in the growing season," he said.

The climate has come a long way since that drought last summer. Now, a few parts of Gro-Moore's strawberry patch are puddled. It's an example of the problem farmers across the region are facing. They just haven't been able to get anything into the wet ground. As for what is already planted, Moore says strawberry lovers need to root for consecutive days of warm, sunny weather if they want the picking season to open on time.   

"If we get a little bit of heat," he explained, "this should be an ocean of white."

In the meantime, he says things are going a lot better in his greenhouse, just in time for Mother's Day.

Moore also pointed out that just because his strawberry field might be behind, fruit in other areas could be developing just fine. So stores shouldn't have a problem staying stocked.


Chris Horvatits

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