“We feel the grower knows his farm better than we do in Plant City,” he said.
Argentina has suffered some grower fallout because of “disparities” over the past few years, said Mike Bowe, vice president at Dave’s Specialty Imports Inc., Coral Springs, Fla.
Enticed by strong demand for blueberries, some investors planted berries and hoped to reap huge returns, he said.
“But they were investors, not growers, and didn’t have the skills or the drive of other growers,” he said.
Consequently, they planted varieties that did that did not produce well in Argentina, and some of them quickly bailed out of the deal.
Those who survived are reevaluating their varieties, and many already have put in high-yielding plants, but it will take a few years before they reach full production, Bowe said.
Thanks to new, higher-yielding varieties, the blueberry industry continues to grow in Argentina, even though actual acreage is down, he said.