Low production of blueberries in North America in 2015

2015 production of blueberries in North America was perhaps the lowest in a decade, according to preliminary estimates.

Cort Brazelton, a member of the US Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) told Portalfruticola.com that the crop experienced a fall of 9.9 million kilos (22 million pounds) in relation to the 337 million kilos of last year (744.8 million pounds ).

“In my opinion, this could be even lower. Large harvests in previous years play a role; the only region that grew in volume was the western US and Mexico "said Brazelton, who specified that the final numbers will be released in March.

“In my opinion, this could be even lower. Large harvests in previous years play a role; the only region that grew in volume was the western US and Mexico "said Brazelton, who specified that the final numbers will be released in March.

“The biggest drop in volume for any region was in Michigan, which had a difficult year with the weather. The states of Georgia and New Jersey were moderately down. ”, he pointed.

In the case of British Columbia (Canada), Brazelton commented that this is still the largest producing region on the continent, although in 2015 it witnessed “flat” figures.

In the US, the state of Washington (USA) saw the largest increase as the country's leading blueberry state, while California and Oregon experienced "small" increases.

Further south, in Mexico, there was a gradual increase in production, however, Brazelton noted that Mexican production was still relatively small.

“This last year Mexico will not produce 13.6 million kilos (30 million pounds)”Pointed.

The member of the USHBC stressed that climatic conditions were a key factor in the decline in production. To this was added the problem of labor in many areas.

 

Source: Fruit Portal

 

 

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