Strawberry farmers struggling after recent 'drastic' weather

Strawberry season

COMSTOCK PARK, MICH. - If you're hoping to pick your own strawberries this season you'd better hurry.

Local farmers say the weather is to blame for a much smaller crop this year. Krupp Farms in Comstock Park still has plenty of berries for people to pick this week and they say it's been busy.

Owner Paul Krupp says the weather had a drastic impact on this year's crop, making it about 50-percent smaller than usual. And we can't forget about the two hard freezes that hit West Michigan -- the irrigation used to protect for frost was frozen through.

Following the freeze, West Michigan suffered a 30-day drought.

"You can't irrigate enough to make up for a nice rain," Krupp told us. "Then at the end of that drought we had ten days of 90 degrees and on the day those temperatures ended, we had 5 inches of rain.

So, we've had everything but the four letter word -- hail. That's the only one we didn't experience this year, we had all the other 4 tough ones, so it's been a tough year."

According to some strawberry farmers in Ottawa County, they've been forced to close their U-pick selections for the year.

Krupp says his farm plans to keep their U-pick section open into next week.

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