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Berry Farmers struggle with crops

MOSINEE (WAOW) -- With the late spring and hot start to the summer, berry farmers are seeing some changes. Danielle Banks has been a berry farmer for more than 15 years and says she's never experienced a season pushed back this far.

"This late no, not this late," said Banks.

With more than 30 acres of berries, a delay because of the late spring and recent heat and humidity sets them off schedule.

"Cause normally we're picking end of June, and we didn't open until July 5th, and even then it was slow picking," said Banks.

Banks said black raspberries were hit the hardest by the heat. She said they typically get picked for about three weeks, and this year it was less than half that.

"It dried them up a little bit, so we were only able to pick them for about a week," said Banks.

Banks adds the cold spring pushed back red raspberry season. While the berries might be smaller, it doesn't seem to bother Marcie Wermund.

"There's a lot of berries but they're smaller, but they're still beautiful. You just have to pick more to fill up your pail," said Wermund.

Wermund said she picks berries every summer, and knows exactly what she'll use them for.

"Well, some are definitely going into a raspberry tort that I've made for years that's been my mother's recipe," said Wermund.

Farmer Danielle Banks said while good berries this year may be harder to find, the taste is still there, and berry pickers, such as, Marcie Wermund agree.

Meanwhile, Banks says the farm's blueberries and fall variety raspberries are off to a good start.

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