By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on April 5, 2012 1:46 PM
Landon Labiche, 4, left, shares a bucket of freshly picked strawberries with James Odom, 3, Wednesday afternoon at Odom Farming Co. on Claridge Nursery Road. The warm winter and spring have pushed crops several weeks ahead of schedule, and strawberry operations either opened this week or are preparing to do so. North Carolina ranks fourth in the nation in the production of the fruit, most of which is sold directly to consumers.