A Good Season Predicted for Florida Blueberries Despite Crop Damage
The Florida Blueberry Growers Association is predicting this year's blueberry season will be successful despite many obstacles growers faced.
The association recently surveyed a third of their members, 95% of those growers reported some damage to their crops. Some crops were toppled from Hurricane Irma and severe freezes this winter damaged others. The biggest source of the reported damage came from insects. There were too few of beneficial pollinating insects and too many Gall Midge flies, which are a damaging pest.
Regardless of these hurdles, the association forecasts at least as many Florida blueberries in the market as last year, if not more. They are anticipating this year's yield will fall a few million pounds short of their earlier projections but say the blueberry industry in Florida continues to thrive.