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Canadian frost may boost demand for Maine blueberries

Written by  Jacqueline Weaver Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

ELLSWORTH It looks like a banner year for Maine’s wild blueberry growers with an estimated higher than average crop of 90 million pounds.

And Quebec’s loss may be Maine’s wild blueberry growers’ gain with weather problems in the Canadian province.

Frost early in the growing season reduced Quebec’s blueberry harvest this summer by half, according to David Yarborough, wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

A smaller harvest in Canada would create more demand for Maine’s wild blueberries. Eastern Canada and Maine are the only commercial growers of wild blueberries.

Yarborough said the harvest in the Canadian maritime provinces was average or above.

The size of Maine’s blueberry crop won’t be released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture until January, but Yarborough said estimates are about 90 million pounds.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. A New Hampshire native, she has vacationed in Maine for 25 years and has been with The American for three.

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