New Jersey growers expect strong demand

05/26/2011 04:13:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Ben Casella, field representative for the New Jersey Farm Bureau, Trenton, agreed with Frecon that peach acreage would likely be down in 2011 due to fierce competition.

“It’s strictly a price issue, competing with California and the South,” Casella said.

Less serious New Jersey peach growers — those “not on the cutting edge,” Casella said — will be likely to cut back on peaches this season, leaving the deal to the experts.

Blueberry prices also weren’t as high in 2010, but Frecon doubts if growers are making any adjustments accordingly.

In fact, just the opposite is likely, Frecon said, given the fruit’s continued rock star status thanks to all the good nutrition-related news.

“I expect to see a small increase” in blueberry production in New Jersey in 2011, he said.


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