“It hasn’t done any damage, but I do want the rain to stop” — RoseAnn DiSanti

Pickling cucumbers: Photo credit: Vegetable Gardener

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Anthony A. Mestas):

Usually, farmers are happy with any rain they can get, but too much wet stuff can cause other problems.

“My crops are fine. It’s just too much rain to get in there and harvest,” said RoseAnn DiSanti of DiSanti Farms in Pueblo County.

Just up the road on U.S. Highway 50, Kasey Hund, manager of Di Tomaso Farms, was singing the same tune.

“Its muddy out there. it’s going to slow us down a couple of weeks,” Hund said, standing at one of her pumpkin fields.

“But everything looks good out there still. As long as it doesn’t flood again or rain more. Too much is too much, but when we have really hot days, it tends to make them grow well. They should be very abundant.”

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“The biggest problem right now is not being able to get the labor into the field and get the stuff out that I need,” DiSanti said.

“It hasn’t done any damage, but I do want the rain to stop. We have to wait until it dries out before we can put labor out on the fields. You don’t want to break the plants and you can’t expect the labor to work when it’s so muddy. It’s hard on them.”

DiSanti said about 2 inches of rain fell on her farm Saturday.

“We’ve been so fortunate that we haven’t got any hail. The chile and everything still looks good, but I sure wish the rain would stop. We’ve had enough,” DiSanti said with a laugh…

Hund said despite the mud, workers gathered pickle cucumbers Monday morning

“It was very muddy. Pickles are in abundance. All this rain and all the hot days really made them produce 10 times as fast. We had to get in there and pick a few.

Workers had to carry the picked crop out by hand instead of using vehicles and equipment.

They also had to wash all the mud off the pickles. It’s a longer process. The customers were calling. Our top priority right now is pickles. Everybody wants pickles,” Hund said.

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