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San Joaquin Valley farmers welcome spring rain

Monday morning rain was a welcome sight for growers and farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, although many farmers said the rain was unlikely to have a huge impact on their crops. For others, the rain was actually a concern. Kyle Lerner owns the Harney Lane winery in Lodi. He said that these types of spring showers are sure to benefit his wine grapes and cherries. For Lerner, the spring rain maintains the scenic view of the lush vineyards and the green vegetation that grows in the fields. “Cherry on the cake, in terms of rainfall, and not having to step on aquifers to water maybe a little earlier than needed,” said Lerner. The icing on the cake is a welcome change of pace for growers across the Valley who have had to deal with ongoing dry weather, supply chain shortages and rising gas prices. However, some farmers were hoping for dry weather on Monday. “For those who have hay on the ground, it’s not a good day for them, but for other growers it’s a good day,” Bruce Blodgett, executive director of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau, told KCRA via Zoom. Blodgett said as long as the rain was constant, there should be clear skies for San Joaquin growers. For hay growers, Blodgett said that since it does not rain much, they should be able to get over it. Blodgett also added that gray skies would be even more welcome if they appeared more in the winter.

Monday morning rain was a welcome sight for growers and farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, although many farmers said the rain was unlikely to have a huge impact on their crops. And for others, the rain was really worrying.

Kyle Lerner owns the Harney Lane winery in Lodi. He said that these types of spring showers are sure to benefit his wine grapes and cherries.

For Lerner, the spring rain maintains the scenic view of the lush vineyards and the green vegetation that grows in the fields.

“It’s kind of like icing on the cake when it comes to rain, and you don’t have to step on aquifers to water maybe a little earlier than you need to,” Lerner said.

The “icing on the cake” is a welcome change of pace for growers across the Valley who have had to deal with ongoing dry weather, supply chain shortages and rising gas prices. However, some farmers were hoping for dry weather on Monday.

“For those who have hay on the ground, it’s not a good day for them, but for other growers it’s a good day,” said Bruce Blodgett, executive director of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau at KCRA via Zoom.

Blodgett said as long as the rain is constant, there should be clear skies for San Joaquin growers. For hay growers, Blodgett said that since it does not rain much, they should be able to get over it.

Blodgett also added that gray skies would be even more welcome if they appeared more in the winter.

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