Rain makes it a challenging year for growing strawberries

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RUSTBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) At Yoders’ Farm in Rustburg they say the rain made it a challenging year for growing strawberries.

“Strawberries are a very weather-dependent crop. The rain has been an issue. Probably our production will be down about 25 percent partially due to the rain,” said Lowell Yoder of Yoders’ Farm.

If you're wondering how to pick the best strawberry, Lowell has a tip for you.

“Mainly you're looking for just a nice, bright red color. If it's getting a little dull, it's a berry that's probably seen better days. A little over the hill,” he said.

Overall, it's really a great time of year to eat strawberries.

“The days lengthen on into this time of the year and more sunlight means sweeter berries typically toward the end of the season,” explained Lowell.

Although strawberry season is coming to an end, that doesn't mean the farm work is over. The Yoders are already making plans for next year.

“We'll mow the plants off. Part of the patch, we actually plant pumpkins into the old strawberry beds. It allows us to recycle that,” Lowell said.