Blueberry growers on track for a great season

6:37 PM, Aug 1, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine -- The start of the blueberry season is just around the corner and a lot of people who rely on the blue fruit are wondering what kind of a season is ahead.

There were a few hick ups earlier in the season for growers, including an insect alert for the fruit fly called the Spotted Wing Drosophila. That left many of them wondering if this year would be as successful as the last which turned out 91 million pounds of blueberries state wide, well above the average of 86 Million. According to blueberry specialists from the University of Maine, David Yarborough, who was testing crops in Washington, that area is on track for a successful yield.

"Looking at the berry size with all this moisture we've had plus we had fairly good pollination down here, mid coast had poor pollination and they have smaller berries, but from the look of it I would think we're going to have a better than average crop," said Yarborough.

There are 16 sites that Yarborough and his crew have been studying across maine, which is the largest producer of wild blueberries world wide.


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