A week of rain has failed to put a dampener on the Nelson region’s berry producers, with some enjoying a bumper season, right on cue for Christmas. Wet conditions caused Tasman Bay Berries managing director Glen Holland some angst, but the sun has come out just in time. He says the crop has experienced a bit of mould, but his team has picked through it. With the sun now shining, and wind drying everything out…the harvest is on. While boysenberries were a little late this year, the raspberries are a few days early but it looks like a bumper crop. But Heavy rainfall across Hawke’s Bay last week has damaged a range of berry crops, with cherries among the worst hit. Cherries have a relatively short window for picking, and they tend to split when impacted by heavy rainfall. One grower estimates damage to 60 to 70 per cent of the crop. Strawberries should be okay as the second crop is due to harvest this week.