Michigan’s strawberry crops struggling

(WLNS) – Michigan strawberry crops are having a tough time this season. Heavy rain fall has hurt the crop yield and even closed some strawberry fields in mid-Michigan.

6 News Reporter Genna Hilgenbrink talked with farmers in the area to see how their strawberry crops are coming along.

The owner of Dan’s Market in Quincy says he can tell the difference between a berry picked today and one picked just yesterday.

The difference is the berry picked yesterday has already started to break down.

“The berry is just loaded with water,” said Dan Tucker, owner, Dan’s Market.

Heavy rain in Michigan has led to a short and disappointing strawberry season and it’s having an impact statewide.

“We’ve had so much rain it’s been hard to just keep good berries in.”

Dan Tucker, the owner of Dan’s Market along US-12 in Quincy says a bad berry season is also bad news for business.

“If we had more berries we would have better business, we’re lacking berries,” said Tucker.

Tucker says when the strawberry plant takes in water it goes right to the berries and too much water causes the berry to break down quicker than ones with less water content.

“If you don’t take care of them after you pick them I would say in 8 hours they will start breaking down,” said Tucker.

Tucker says that berry season could be over as soon as the end of this week, so get them while you can.

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