NEW JERSEY BLUEBERRY CROP VALUED AT $79.5 MILLION

January 30, 2015

(TRENTON, NJ) ― The total value of the 2014 blueberry crop in New Jersey was $79.5 million, up 40 percent from the previous year. The overall season average price was $1.40 per pound, up 22 cents from the previous year. The average fresh market price was $1.44 per pound, while the processing price was $1.05 per pound. The processing price per pound was 21 cents above the 2013 price level of $0.84 per pound.

New Jersey ranked fifth in the nation in the production of cultivated blueberries in 2014. Georgia was ranked first. Utilized production was up 18 percent from 2013 to 56.7 million pounds. Prices showed a 19 percent increase. The state average yield was up by almost 1,000 pounds to 6,440 pounds per acre, compared to 5,450 pounds in 2013 and 5,850 pounds per acre in 2012. The area harvested, at 8,800 acres, was unchanged from 2013.

United States Blueberry Production Up by 5 Percent

The United States blueberry total production, at 5.67 million pounds in 2014, was up 5 percent from the 5.40 million pounds the previous year. Bearing acreage, at 82,630, increased 2,000 acres from the 2013 growing season. In 2014 Georgia, North Carolina and Washington increased their acreage, while New Jersey and Michigan remained unchanged from 2013. The average yield in 2014 was 6,700 pounds per acre nationwide, an increase of 230 pounds per acre from the 6,470 pounds in 2013.

USDA/NASS/NJ FIELD OFFICE

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