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More rain needed for Maine's blueberry crop

With more than half of Maine experiencing moderate drought conditions, blueberry growers say this week may prove to be a make-or-break point for this year's crop.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency has activated the state's drought task force, as about half of Maine's counties are abnormally dry.

Rain is in the forecast for much of the state Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

Courtney Hammond at Lynch Hill Farms in Harrington said his blueberry crop isn't quite ripe yet, and some moisture would help the fruit swell up to the right size.

"This year was looking like a near duplicate of last year with good pollination and weather," Hammond said. "We started off getting enough rain, but then in the last few weeks it's been hit or miss with thunder showers but not really sufficient to really help the crop along."

Source:www.mainepublic.org


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