CongeladosAgo. 30, 2012
Arándanos/EE.UU: productores de Main esperan cosecha cercana a 95 millones de libras
There are high expectation amongst Maine’s wild blueberry growers that this year’s crop could be the highest since 2000.
The projection is for a yield of 90 – 95 million pounds, the largest since the turn of the century, when 110 million pounds were harvested.
David Yarborough, blueberry specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, said that the last five years have seen returns of 0-85 million pounds of fruit.
“This year we’re maybe looking at another 10 million pounds, perhaps 90 to 95 million,” he said. “It’s contingent upon weather conditions between now and the end of August. If we have a drought it won’t hold true, but if we have a lot of rain it could exceed that.”
The harvest usually starts around August and the fruit is cultivated in the state on 60,000 acres.
Growers in 2011 averaged nearly 91 cents a pound for their harvest, up from 61 cents in 2010 and 36 cents in 2009, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Last year’s harvest was worth $75 million.
Prices remain strong this year, but are expected to be slightly lower than last season.
Publication date: 7/30/2012