Friday, April 29, 2011

It's the most uncomfortable time of the year...

There is always a point in the early spring (which this year has come much later in the calendar year due to it being inordinately cold for an extraordinarily long time) when we don't like looking at the berry field...
These will turn green, instead of yellow-green, won't they?


These will fill in, won't they?

We do know some hard truth about the baby field...

Winter damage is visible.

You can see that the lower portions of the canes are quite leafed out...but the upper portions -- not so much. Babies are more susceptible to winter damage, and it shows up on the top of the canes.  These should look somewhat better over time, but it will not be a good year for this field.

And sadly, as you go around the county, you see that we were not the only ones to suffer winter damage...It looks like Whatcom County may have a short raspberry crop this year...and the longer La Nina stays around, the more challenging it gets.

So we take whatever positive weather news we can --  and we hear that next week the rain will be WARMER!
That's progress...

2 comments:

Tami said...

I feel for the farmers because even if the weather gets the crop all of the work still has to be done. Not fair.
I hope you have a rebound...

Janice said...

Winter damage? What? I didn't think we really have had any winter - just rain, rain, and more rain. No great snow storms or long cold snaps. Is the damage from ALL the rain, or did the little bit of snow we get do the damage? Praying for a healthy season for all! (We happen to be related to a few berry farmers ;)!

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