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Fruit Farmers Cope With Weeks of Rain

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Watermelon plants at B&K Farms. (Photo: WBOC) Watermelon plants at B&K Farms. (Photo: WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  There are hundreds of strawberries at Emily's Produce.  It doesn't paint the picture of a struggle.  But this spring, it's been life or death.

"With any fruit, too much rain can cause mold.  There are lots of challenges that wet weather brings, we're just happy to have some sunshine," said Kelly Jackson at Emily's Produce.

Over the past few weeks despite the rain, there have been some strawberries that have been able to ripen up.  Now that we are in the sunshine, buds like these will start to grow and ripen on their own.

"The sun comes out, those blossoms are already there, the blooms are there.  Our bees, you can find lots of bees in our fields so that process is happening," said Jackson.

At B&K Farms in Rhodesdale, watermelon is the crop of choice, and it's been a challenge to keep the sun hungry plants happy.

"It has slowed them up significantly.  They are probably 10 days later.  They aren't growing.  I see some increase here in the last couple of days, but before, very little growth," said Ricky Harding with B&K.

Like the strawberries, the sunshine over the next few days will help a lot.

"This is what a watermelon needs, sun and heat.  I'm not saying he will catch up, but he will make up a lot of time," said Harding.

Thanks to lots of tender love and care from farmers, those plants should be just as tasty, even if they are a little bit behind.

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