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Okanagan fruit growers happy with spring rain

June 2, 2010 — There's been more rain than usual this year in BC's Okanagan, and fruit growers are not complaining about it.

While farmers in southern Manitoba are struggling to keep their fields dry, growers in British Columbia's Okanagan are pleased with the amount of rain they've had this spring.

There's been more of it than usual, and that could help bring a bumper crop to the usually dry area.

“It's been a little wet. A lot of rain has come through, but that's actually been a good thing,” says Hank Margraf of the Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative. “We've been going through a bit of a drought the last couple of years around here and our water reserves are very low.”

This spring's wet weather has also brought pleasant surprises to people living in the area.

“It's not what we're used to, that's for sure!” said one man in Kelowna. “My yard is nice and green!”

Still, this type of weather also has its down sides when it comes to farming and growing crops.

“We've had a little more disease pressure than we normally have, but other than that things are looking good,” says Margraf.

It may be a wet spring in parts of BC, but there are still fears that much of the province could be affected by drought -- especially if the summer is hot and dry.

Find out what we're calling for this year in our 2010 Summer Outlook.

And for more on what kind of weather conditions you can expect in the BC Interior this week, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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