MAINE WILD BLUEBERRY STATISTICS

September 6, 2014

(CONCORD, NH) ― Maine’s 2013 wild blueberry crop totaled 87.9 million pounds, down 4 percent from 2012 production. The price growers expect to receive for processing berries in 2013 averaged $0.75 per pound, unchanged from 2012 and $0.15 lower than 2011. Value of production of 2013 wild blueberries for processing is $64.95 million, down 4 percent from the previous year.

Dry conditions in the spring of 2013 reduced the number of infection periods for mummy berry disease. However, wet weather at the peak of bloom resulted in unprecedented blossom blight. Pollination and fruit set were uneven because of weather variations in different parts of the region during bloom. Harvest began during the last week in on par with the average. When harvest began, the crop was reported in good to excellent condition in a number of areas due to adequate precipitation during July. Harvest was complete during the first week of September, also on par with the average.

Source: USDA/NASS

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