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Flood washes out season at Iowa strawberry farm

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CEDAR RAPIDS (AP)--Last summer's floods have washed out the season at one of Iowa's largest "pick-your-own" strawberry farms.

June signals the traditional start of strawberry season.

Hagen's Berry Farm in Palo has 20 acres of strawberries. Owner Max Hagen, who's been in the business for about 40 years, says his farm was open for a week in June 2008 before it was wiped out by floodwaters.

He says some plants survived, but the quality and quantity of strawberries are not what his customers expect, so he's waiting until next year.

Other strawberry farms are open, but some owners say the strawberries aren't ready.

Rosalie Koehn says strawberries at Koehn Berries and Produce in West Union should be ripe in about two weeks.

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