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Published June 14, 2012, 05:09 PM

Rain welcomed by local farmers and gardeners

Glyndon, MN (WDAY TV) -- The rain early today came at a critical time for anyone with seed in the ground. From farmers to gardeners to you and your backyard, the timing was perfect. The rainfall keeps everything in the game, even the sweetest of crops.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Glyndon, MN (WDAY TV) -- The rain early today came at a critical time for anyone with seed in the ground. From farmers to gardeners to you and your backyard, the timing was perfect. The rainfall keeps everything in the game, even the sweetest of crops.

They even looked juicier and more delectable after nearly an inch of rain. The Ekre strawberry farm outside of Glyndon couldn't have asked for a better timed rain. Nearly an inch fell a day before the patch is about to open to a crazed, berry craving picker population.

Jerome Ekre - Strawberry Farmer: "This was a good rain; nine-tenths here. A good old rain always had something extra in it. Mother Nature handles the plants and the strawberry plants, when they're vigorous they grow and they produce a good berry."

All around the area - sugar beet fields, grain, corn and bean fields drank up the rainfall at a critical time. It was a needed growth spurt as summer chugs along. For the Ekres it was great middle of the week rainstorm that came so close to opening day.

Jerome Ekre: "Tomorrow we are picking for the first time this year."

Not to rush summer - which just started - but the rain overnight couldn't have come at a better time for this year's pumpkin crop.

This time tomorrow, the patch will be a short a few buckets full of strawberries, but thanks to the rain the baby berries just got a boost.

To contact the Ekre Strawberry Farm, call 218-937-5504

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