“We are finally getting some cool nights. That cooler weather is really helping the berries.”
O’Brien said early December nighttime temperatures fell to high 40s and low 50s, better for the berries than the upper 60s the season saw earlier.
Because of faulty Canadian nursery product, many growers, including C&D and Astin, were forced to pull up plants, which delayed growers’ early season harvesting.
Though C&D reset more than 1 million plants, O’Brien said he didn’t experience as much loss as many others.
Pollard said the resets delayed production but said retailers should expect consistent and bigger volume beginning in late December.