Recent rainfall and warm temperatures are causing a headache for some local strawberry farmers.
“Its a problem every single year we just gotta work around it and keep the fields picked clean,” says Travis Appel, Owner of Appel Farms.
April showers bring May flowers, but also strain for the strawberry fields,
Black spots seen on berries are diseases caused by wet weather and warm temperatures. If not handled, it can spell trouble for berry farmers.
“We’ve had a little bit of damage from mold, and rot due to strawberries sitting in the water or directly due to a disease problem,” says Appel.
Other farms in the area have closed early or don’t offer strawberries at all due to the rain.
Appel says his farm deals with this every year and they are prepared to keep it from harming the crops.
“Every plant is picked other day in order to let the berries ripen back up but also to keep the fields clean and keep the bad ones picked off,” says Appel.
Some of the biggest help comes from the guests themselves. Picking berries helps the fields replenish and get the bad berries out.
As spring weather continues, Appel Farms is ready to keep your strawberries ripe for the picking.