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US (ME): Blueberry crop up despite droughtThe lack of rain this year has not been much of an issue for blueberry growers who used irrigation systems. however, David Yarborough, wild blueberry specialist at the University of Maine, said that the end of the season had come early for those who had relied on natural rainfall to irrigate their crops.
"Some fields have been very, very good and others have not been so good," he said. He pointed out that in some areas the weather had been so dry that berries had shrivelled up through lack of moisture.
He also said the size of the fruits had been affected.
"It does appear the fruit size is smaller and definitely the lack of rain is probably affecting it," he said. "It depends on when they got their last rainfall and how sandy their soil is."
however, Yarborough also said that the crop, overall, was around 10-15% larger than last season's.
Publication date: 9/5/2012
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