Cool, wet weather has already slowed the growth rate of blueberries, and harmed local strawberry crops, but effects on other fruit crops may not be as bad if cool and steady weather persists.
Most Impacted - Warm Weather Fruit Crops.
This image shows how the cool, wet weather has affected blueberries specifically, and the effects are expected to carry over to other fruit crops that need warm weather to grow. This image of blueberries is from mid June on a farm near Salem Oregon, around the 45º N parallel. The berries are behind in growth and ripening. The same thing is happening with melons and other fruit and warmer weather veggies.
This image of unripe blueberries helps visualize the challenges our local farming partners face this year.
Local Strawberry Farm Suffers Devastating Loss
These images of farm workers picking strawberries do not depict the wet conditions present during this year’s harvest. To properly visualize, picture boots embedded in thick mud.
Good Fruit Year Still Possible.
LifeSource Natural Foods
Great Wines, Born Of Cool, Wet Weather
“for the 2010 vintage in the Willamette Valley. January and February were the warmest on record. Spring was very cool and wet, and until July, growing degree days were behind every vintage dating back to 1999.”
2010 weather was rough on grape yields, but the result was a superior Oregon Pinot noir.