BURGAW, NC (WECT) - Farmers walk a fine line when it comes to mother nature, too much rain for some is just the right amount for others. The wet weather is good news for one grape grower in Pender County.
Bannerman Vineyards is located on Stag Park Road in Burgaw, the owner says he lost around 50 percent of his yield from dry conditions last year, but this year he's expecting to hold onto a whole lot more.
"The past couple years it's been kind of dry, and it really impacted the vineyard last year," said Scot Bannerman. The owner of Bannerman Vineyards says he's one of the only farmers in the area who doesn't irrigate his fields, meaning every rain drop counts.
"We've never really had a problem - really the lack of rainfall has been a recent event," said Bannerman. This year, he says, things are starting to look up.
"The precipitations been better," he said. That means the grapes will be bigger and better too.
"I certainly anticipate having more than enough product to fill my tanks this year," said Bannerman. While the rain throughout the summer kept the grapes from falling of the vine too early, Bannerman says the large amount in August will help out in the future.
"We've certainly has a moist couple of weeks - and I'm hoping that moisture will stay in ground," said Bannerman. "So that next spring when the grapes start to bloom - it will be present then too."
He says he'll start harvesting the grapes next week. He is hoping to hold onto 80 percent of his yield.
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