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High strawberry yields pose challenge for farmers; Opportunity for consumers

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - This year’s spring weather is creating an unexpected challenge for some farmers across the state.

The N.C. Strawberry Association says all the berries are turning ripe at once, instead of gradually. This means there are going to be a lot of strawberries during the first three weeks of May.

"What we're seeing down east, where the season starts in North Carolina, is that berries are ripening all at once rather than gradually over a period of time," said Dr. Barclay Poling, executive director of the N.C. Strawberry Association. "It will also put tremendous pressure on our farmers to get the crop harvested."

The Strawberry Association is encouraging consumers to get out on the farms and pick your own. To find a strawberry farm near you click on this link.
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