Rain puts a damper on start of strawberry season

CREATED Jun 20, 2014

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MAYVILLE - The rain this week has kept many strawberry pickers away from local farms. 
"It's been kind of hit or miss.  We didn't get as much rain as some areas did.  What happens is people don't like to pick in the rain," said Wayne Zastrow, owner of Zastrow's Strawberries. 
There are die-hard pickers who will come out no matter what the conditions.
"Even if there's a light rain, there will be people out there picking in rain coats and boots.  Like today, as soon as the sun came out, people are out here picking now."
The fruit itself hasn't been affected by this week's wet weather, but there is cause for concern if there's too much rain.
"If we do get too much rain and we can't get them picked, that's when you run into problems with root rot," explained Zastrow. 
Strawberry season typically starts in mid-June in Wisconsin and it ends quickly.
"Strawberry season is short.  If you want strawberries, now's the time to get them."