Nova Scotia

Blueberry farmer looking at losses after Hurricane Dorian

A blueberry farmer in Annapolis Valley has been dealing with significant crop loss after hurricane Dorian blew through Nova Scotia earlier this month. Earl Kidston, founder and president of the Nova Agri Group, said his company likely lost $500,000 worth of high-bush blueberries during the hurricane, a post-tropical storm when it made landfall on Sept. 7 in Halifax, with hurricane-strength winds.

Kidston said he won't know the full extent of the damage to other crops until later in the year. "It's not just the ripe fruit that gets dismantled off the bush. It's some of our next pick," he said. "There's hardly anything there to pick now."

As reported by¸ Nova Agri -or Dykeview Farms- sells products under the brand Country Magic. Kidston is part of one of the five families that make up the group.

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