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Heavy Rain Washes Away Half Of Georgia's Blueberry Crop

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Dick Byne, Owner of Byne Blueberry Farm says, "We're becoming the bread basket.  Not just the Midwest anymore. We're becoming the fruit and vegetable basket of the country."

Dick Byne is the owner of the Byne family Blueberry farm and he's been growing Georgia blueberries for thirty-three years.

He says the record rainfall this year cut his bottom line by more than half.

Dick Byne, Owner of Byne Blueberry Farm says, "Usually July is a drought and it gets very little rain and the shell and the coating and the skin of the blueberry is just real thin and now there's just too much rain so it just pops real easy."

During the drought last year the Byne family farm produced more than seventy-five thousand pounds of fruit.

But if there's one thing blueberries can't handle, it's too much water.

Dick Byne, Owner of Byne Blueberry Farm says, "The one thing about the blueberry crop or any fruit crop you're always watching your water intake anyway. It's almost like you want to have irrigation and then you can control the environment."

Don't feel bad for Dick Byne-he loves to farm, rain or shine.

Dick Byne, Owner of Byne Blueberry Farm says, "Well cry for me and feel sorry for me. Well, no this is what I chose, this is what I love to do. So this is what I want to stay with."

These blueberries are wetter than normal, but that doesn't mean they are any less healthy for you.

Dick Byne, Owner of Byne Blueberry Farm says, "Blueberries still are the super fruit. They still are good for you. Even if they are frozen the nutrients are still there. I'm hoping that will offset what we've lost out here."

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