State blueberry crop is second largest ever



ELLSWORTH — The blueberry harvest this year will exceed 100 million pounds, making it the second largest blueberry harvest in Maine’s history.

That assessment comes from David Yarborough, wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine (UMO).

“The federal figures for the harvest won’t come out until Jan. 23 or so,” Yarborough said Wednesday, “but the more-than-100 million-pound figure is solid.”

The largest wild blueberry crop was 110.6 million pounds in 2000.

Yarborough said the final harvest total for 2014 might top out at 105 or 110 million pounds.

“That’s all speculation at this point,” Yarborough said.

The University of Maine has been tracking the wild blueberry crop size since 1924.

In 2012, the official count for the wild blueberry harvest was 91.1 million pounds, which until this year made it the second largest crop in Maine’s history.

The United States is the world’s largest producer of blueberries.

The total harvest in 2012 was more than 564 million pounds, the bulk of which was cultivated, or high bush, blueberries.

Maine is the leading producer of lowbush, or wild, blueberries.

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]

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