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Raspberry harvest off to a warm start

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Raspberry harvest off to a warm start

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – Farmers in Whatcom County are looking forward to a successful raspberry harvest.

Local raspberry farmer Randy Honcoop says the relatively warm winter and spring has led to a good crop this year.

He predicts that Whatcom County will produce 55 to 60 million pounds of raspberries this season, and nearly all of them will be frozen and processed.

Play Randy Honcoop on harvest

Honcoop says the recent rains have led to some concerns about mold.

The warmer weather has also led to the early arrival of a destructive kind of Asian fruit fly.

Workers will be harvesting berries for at least the next month.

Raspberries are Whatcom County’s second biggest agricultural product, right behind dairy.