Georgia blueberry production goes big

03/30/2012 08:11:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

According to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, Folsom, Calif., the Golden State increased its production from 4.9 million pounds in 2004 to 42 million pounds in 2011. 

At 33 million pounds, California is now the sixth biggest fresh blueberry producing state, exceeding North Carolina’s 29 million pounds but comparable to Michigan, Georgia and Oregon, which in 2011 each produced 31 million to 36 million pounds, according to the council and U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics.     

The production bonanza is helping retailers merchandise more late spring and early summer berries. 

Combined with Florida, California and North Carolina production, growers are helping move the traditional supply curve peak from July and August to May and June.

dohlemeier@thepacker.com

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Bob    
PA  |  April, 03, 2012 at 03:16 PM

What about New Jersey? All highbush Duke and Bluecrop varieties and handpicked. Hammonton NJ is the blueberry captial.

Jack James    
Bartow florida  |  April, 06, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Me thinks your coments about Georgia's "record" crop doesn't do our Fla market any good this time of year.

keeli zingaro    
January, 30, 2013 at 08:41 AM

how are they produced

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