Blueberry Crop Endures Tough Start

ELLSWORTH — It’s been a rough start, but with improved natural conditions going forward, blueberry growers can expect a productive yield, according to specialists with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

The state’s wild blueberry plants had to endure a late, wet spring followed by a lack of summer rain, but crops are faring well, University of Maine professor of horticulture David Yarborough said in a press release from the Extension.

Yarborough said that if the plants receive adequate moisture, this year’s statewide yield could be above average.

That hasn’t been the case.

Yarborough said rainfall was inadequate in June and so far in July.

Rainfall in Jonesboro measured 4.98 inches in April and 4.94 inches in May. Only 2.38 inches fell in June and only 0.83 inches by mid-July.

“If we do get adequate moisture for the remainder of the summer, the crop in Maine could be slightly above average at 85 million pounds,” Yarborough said.

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James Straub

Reporter at Ellsworth American
Former Ellsworth American reporter James Straub covered the towns on Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula. He lives in Brooklin.