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USA - Record rains jeopardize crops

May’s record rainfalls have been devastating to some Virginia farmers.

It depends on how much and where, but berries are particularly vulnerable.

“The rain did damage the Virginia strawberry crop,” said Gail Moody Milteer, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “Cold weather started the season two weeks late, and the rain’s ended the season early.”

A good season lasts five weeks, last year was about seven, this year, about two for most.

“Most strawberry farmers were very disappointed and experienced a loss this year.”

Wine grapes and tomatoes are subject to fungus. Standing water can drown plants, and too much water can prevent new plants from growing deep roots.

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