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Rain causes problems for local winery

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CHARLESTON, TN (WRCB) - With all the rain we've seen in the last few weeks, you may think it's helping the crops, but too much water isn't always a good thing.

The Morris Vineyard in Charleston has over 25 acres dedicated to various berries and fruits.

Channel 3 spoke to the owner Monday who said the rain we've seen all summer is doing more harm than good.

It's been two years of extremes when in comes to rain fall. Carolyn Morris of Morris Vineyard and Winery says last year was too dry.

"We didn't see any rain for a good two months," said Carolyn Morris, Morris Vineyard.

And after all the rain dances and prayers. They got just what they asked for and more.

"This has probably been one of the wettest summers we've seen in a good while," said Morris.

While rain is needed for the 28 different muscadines and 8 varieties of grapes, too much of one thing is never good.

"The fruit will start busting. Especially when they're starting to ripen. The fruit can just bust and fall to the ground," said Morris.

Morris tells Channel 3 during seasons with lots of rain fall, the grapes are closely looked after.

"The grapes are prone for fungus.Which comes from the heat, humidity and a lot of rain," said Morris.

Not to mention the lack of sunshine. Morris tells Channel 3 they can use sprays to keep the fungus away. But says it can be costly depending on how often you have to use it.

"It's like you're supposed to spray after every rain. So you'd be doing it about everyday," said Morris.

But Morris says there is an even bigger issue they're having with the rain .

"Like the fourth when we had such a rainy week, that hurt our sales. Because it kept people from coming out. We had people picking in the rain," said Morris.

So they're hoping it will slow down. Before the next holiday.

"Labor day is normally a good week for us for sales. People coming out and picking their fruit," said Morris.

Morris said most of their crops are turning out fairly well, they're just not ripening on schedule.

She said if the rain slows down, they expect their muscadines to be ready to go next week.

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