Rain has cherry farmers worried

Rain has cherry farmers worried
TRI-CITIES -- These days of rain have cherry farmers on edge. It could devastate their crops and if it does, you'll be paying more for what's left.

Rain is the worst thing that can happen to farmer Robin French's cherries.

"It splits the cherries. It'll split them them in the stem bowl and also the bottom suture mold will get in there and they'll shrivel up," he says.

So when he woke up to another day of rain, he turned on his wind machine, got on his tractor, and dried them off.

"Rain's not too friendly to cherries," Robin added.

The rain had every cherry grower in the area racing to spray off their crops. Some use helicopters to let the force of the blades blow the water off the fruit. By the time this rainstorm passed, farmers were assessing what remained. Any lost fruit could have you paying more for cherries.

"If they knock a couple million boxes off the top of the total crop, it'll have some effect," Robin says.

A rain like this could raise the price of cherries as much as two dollars a pound. That's bad news for cherry lovers like Taylor Moss.
He knew the rain wasn't good for cherries.

"The best thing you to do is get them while you could, because there ain't going that many around," he says.

He knows enough about the crop to give some advice.

"Don't cry a tear if you have to pay two dollars a pound. If you like cherries, you'll pay for them," he added.

That's if there are even cherries to buy. Robin worries more rain could leave him underwater in more ways than one.

"I might be unemployed here. I mean, it's possible," He says.

But he says he'll keep going until the land stops giving fruit, or his back doesn't work.

Farmers in the area say the cheapest way to get your hands on cherries is to pick them yourself. The price of cherries can also affected by the crops in California where rain and freezing temperatures aren't as big of factors.