Maine Blueberry Harvest Down As Industry Looks For Buyers
by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press
Posted: 2017-11-16 09:03:20 EST

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine's wild blueberry crop fell sharply this summer to land below 100 million pounds (45.3 million kilograms) for the first time in four years, according to a trade group that promotes the industry.

Preliminary industry figures show the crop coming in at about 65 million pounds (29.5 million kilograms), Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine Executive Director Nancy McBrady said. It's more than enough for the state to remain far and away the wild blueberry capital of the country, but a sharp drop from recent years when the size of the crop soared and the price to farmers dwindled.

The crop is down because of factors including bad growing conditions, such as a lack of rain, and lack of farming effort, McBrady said. Surplus supplies of blueberries from recent years and a resultant drop in prices to farmers have motivated some growers to scale back.

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