Dry weather may impact next year’s blueberry crop

Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 7:10 PM EDT
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This year’s drought could affect next year’s blueberry harvest.

Sam Blackstone, owner of Circle B Farms in Caribou, says this year’s unusually dry growing season could stunt growth of his blueberries, resulting in fewer berries in 2021.

“With this dry fall, a lot of times you don’t get the new, regenerative growth, like - particularly with blueberries, OK? You grow your stock or your cane this year, and then it sets buds for next year. So this year’s dry fall will influence next year’s crop,” says Sam Blackstone.

Blackstone says this year’s crop was down from past years, due to dry conditions. Unless conditions change dramatically and we get some rain soon, he expects next year’s crop to be down as well.

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