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Strawberry season delayed but strong

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EYOTA, Minn. (KTTC) -- The long winter and cool spring have made it difficult for many strawberry farmers in southern Minnesota, but a recent stretch of thunderstorms has one local farmer optimistic.

Ron Dickie has been growing strawberries for 45 years. He said that the rain over the last few weeks is helping berry growth get back on track. Prior to the recent storms, much of the farm was dry and needed extra irrigation.

Despite the setbacks, this year's crop is supposed to be very strong. Some of Ron's berries have started to ripen, and even after all these years he never gets tired of seeing them grow.

"Well if you are going to raise strawberries or any of these vegetable crops you have to enjoy doing it," said Dickie. "If you're just doing it to do something you aren't going to be successful, so I enjoy it so it's probably why I have been doing it for such a long time."

Dickie has already received calls from people eager to start picking, and according to Dickie the berries should be ready to pick by next week.

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