HILLSBORO,Ore. -- A weekend of pouring rain had Portland headed toward a new record for the wettest September ever. All that rain is taking its toll on important crops in Oregon.
These days Smith Berry Barn farmer Rich Hildner is seeing a lot of green in his fields.
A lot more green than orange, remarked Hildner.
The wet summer has been disastrous on his tomatoes. Many of them are still far from ripe.
Those looking forward to that traditional bright orange pumpkin this Halloween may have to settle for some bright green ones instead.
It s questionable... I know a lot of people who grow pumpkins and there are not a lot of orange pumpkins yet, said Hildner. Like many fruits, the pumpkins are about 3 weeks behind where they should be.
The rainy summer is definitely taking its toll on vineyards as well.
You hear the rain at night and kind of wake up in a panic, said Louisa Ponzi, winemaker for Ponzi Vineyards. Wine growers are having to not only cut back their harvest, many are considering drastic actions.
In 07 we actually brought in helicopters at one point because it was so wet and the vineyards were so wet on the day of picking... we may have to do something like that again this year, said Ponzi.
Ponzi points out 2007 produced some of the best pinots ever in Oregon. She says although it may not be a large harvest this year, it should still be a good one despite the rain.
It is a challenge and that s why we're here... that s we we make wine here in the valley, said Ponzi. Wine-growers say it s now a waiting game.
Of course all the growers are keeping their fingers crossed for a dry October. They say even a few warm dry stretches will help.