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Farmers Say Rain Affects Quantity More Than Quality of Their Products

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Rain, rain go away. It's no good for holiday weekend plans, and it turns out it's not the best thing for our local farmers either.

Isela Bautista has been farming in the Yakima Valley for 12 years. Her family works hard to maintain their Sunnyside farm and provide a decent harvest. NBC Right Now asked Bautista if her family is worried about the recent rainfall affecting their produce.

"Some things like beets all the leaves turn like a yellow, so when it waters too much they turn yellow," said Bautista. "They don't look good appearance, but they're still good though."

A different appearance, but the farmer said beets will maintain their same flavor. Another vegetable slightly affected by the wet weather is asparagus.

"When it's hot days we can do two cuts a day and a lot of locks, but now we just cut it like once a day and not very many boxes, just a few," said Bautista.

One fruit many people seem to be concerned about is cherries. Farmers said heavy rain can sometimes burst this fruit open, but they said it's still too early to determine if there was a lot of significant damage.

Bautista said it may not be the bountiful harvest they had last year, but there will still be cherries to go around.

"I think we're going to save a few, we're going to have a few cherries this year," said Bautista. "Not as many as last year but we're going to have some."

Even though the unusual rains don't have the Bautista family panicking, they'd certainly like to see that Yakima Valley sunshine back.

"Of course, we need the sun otherwise we're not going to have tomatoes pretty soon," said Bautista. "So we need the sun for peppers, tomatoes, for the rest of the produce.

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