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Extra Rain, Cooler Temperatures Helping Blackberry, Blueberry Crops

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

BRADFORD, Tenn.- Some residents are bemoaning that West Tennessee is getting a lot more rain than usual. However, farmers and those who grow blueberries and blackberries are smiling.

Producers said the more than 11 inches of extra rain and cooler weather so far this year is paying off with the berries that are in the peak of growing season.

They said the moisture coupled with the temperatures have helped the plants to produce bigger and sweeter berries which should lead to a bumper crop.

"What it has done is delayed the berry maturity so the berries are going to be three to four weeks later than they would normally be. but that is good for berries it gives them a chance to develop and be sweet and good this year," said Charles Cowen, a berry farmer.

Producers say customers will soon have the opportunity to harvest and buy the berries.





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