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Will rain wash out Vermont crops?

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COLCHESTER, Vt. -

"If it continues to rain it's not gonna benefit the strawberries," said Melissa Mazza of Sam Mazza's Farm.

Melissa Mazza's family has been growing strawberries for decades. She tells us the rainy weather is posing big problems for the sweet berries.

"The fruit is set in the field but it's not ripening," she explained. "If it continues to rain it's not gonna benefit the strawberries, it's just gonna make them softer."

The fields are still not open to the public, but the Mazzas are doing their best to collect as many berries as possible.

"We're trying to diligently get out there between the raindrops and get some here on the stand," Melissa Mazza said. "But it's definitely preventing us from harvesting."

Some locals are eager for the weather to dry out, so they, too, can get picking.

"We always come down and get at least one or two flats and make strawberry shortcakes, strawberry daiquiris," said Don Martin, who is waiting to pick strawberries.

The wet weather is taking a toll on a variety of crops.

"We're waiting to put crops in the field. The fields are very wet right now. We can't get tractors through," Mazza said.

Norman Thibault's farm fields are full of mud.

"Dealing with the water flooding and waiting for the weather to improve," Thibault said.

All of the rain is causing grass to grow around his corn. And all the mud means he can't get to it.

"We got a lot of grass in it right now," Thibault said. "So, I gotta change how I get rid of the grass and get a different herbicide to kill it."

Thibault then has to spend a couple thousand dollars to fertilize his corn.

Thankfully Thibault was able to harvest some hay in his elevated fields, but his low-lying fields could take a couple weeks to dry out!

"The grass is so thick right now that the sun can't get rid of the water," he said.

The longer he has to wait, the more the quality of the hay suffers.

"You wanna get the hay off for your quality," he explained.

But Thibault is an experienced farmer, and knows his crops might still be OK.

"Once it warms up, I think we'll be alright," he said.

For Mazza, all of the weather-related hurdles are worth it.

"It's just great to be a part of the everyday coming and going of what we do," she said.

The longer the rain holds on, the shorter the growing season will become.

There are some signs we could finally begin to dry out this weekend.

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