Rain and wet soil are conditions farmers like Brian Reeves have grown accustomed to the last few weeks.
Plants that should be in the ground are not and now, we’re approaching busy season.
“Strawberry season will be starting next week and you don’t want it wet during strawberry season. You would like it to be every day to be sunny and 70 or 75. You don’t want tons of heat you don’t want tons of wetness,” says Reeves.
In a perfect world, the fourth generation farmer says his pepper plants would have been in the ground a week ago but now, there’s no sense dwelling on it. He says at this point, it’s about reducing risk.
“We just have to do what we can do and if it turns out being a wet season, we pick around the storms when it’s not raining and do some things like that to try and solve it,” Reeves says. “It’s like anything, you just do your best to solve the problems you can work on and what you can’t work on, you don’t work on.”
The good news: he does not think this weather will impact shoppers at the grocery store.
“What happens more often than not is the weather at some point changes, things balance out, and again farmers react to the adverse conditions and come through with a pretty decent crop, with fairly normal prices and fairly normal supply,” explains Reeves.
Still, Reeves is hoping to see the sun come out sooner rather than later. He also hopes to get those pepper plants in the ground in the next few days.