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Rough Winter Causes Short Strawberry Season

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM-TV) - Strawberry season in the Southern Tier will be particularly short and sweet this year.
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM-TV) - Strawberry season in the Southern Tier will be particularly short and sweet this year.

Following a rough winter-- this years strawberry crop won't bring a lot of profit for area farmers.

In fact-- growing the crop is so risky, owner of Bradley Farms Dan Hurley tells us you can't find many growers in our area.

The closest 'U-Pick' farm is Tomions in Penn Yann.

A long and cold winter combined with too much rain is bad news for strawberries

Hurley calls it a high-risk- low-profit crop.

He says this is one of the shortest seasons he has seen in a long time.

Even though the season is short, you won't see strawberry prices going up at your local grocery store.

Hurley says, "I really haven't seen strawberry prices change in the last two years which isn't a good sign either. Much of that is because much of the input that's gone into the strawberries is going up has gone up... at least from what I've seen from other farmers that I talked to. The profit margin just gets slimmer, and therefore they just get out of it and find something else to grow."

Hurley gets his crop delivered to his farm from a large grower in Syracuse.

He tells us the later strawberry season starts-- the shorter it is.

Although it normally lasts through the July 4th holiday, he expects the season to be over in less then a week.
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